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Definition concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • Ken Kesey provided one of her favorite pithy quotes: "You can count the seeds in the apple, but you can't count the apples in the seed."
pithy = concise
  • I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • "You should just think of Mrs. Allan and what would be nicest and most agreeable to her," said Marilla, hitting for once in her life on a very sound and pithy piece of advice.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • My mother, whose kitchen is decorated with pithy signs that, loosely translated, all say, in one form or another, "The Cook Is Out," made supper every night.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • If the typewriter keys were clattering away, she was at work on one of her novels, poems, plays, short stories, or her illustrated collection of pithy sayings—one was "Life is a bowl of cherries, with a few nuts thrown in"—which she'd titled "R. M. Walls's Philosophy of Life."
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • ... at my typewriter writing pithy things I'll never have the guts to say out loud.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • pithy = concise and full of meaning
  • Solomon would have had a few pithy words for the occasion.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • More pleasant, pithy, and effectual
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • pithy = short (not taking as long)
  • Years, and those experiences which befall certain shrewder men subordinated life-long to the will of superiors, all this had developed in the Dansker the pithy guarded cynicism that was his leading characteristic.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • Since then we have learned better than to be shy about such trifling immodesties. ... The soldier is on friendlier terms than other men with his stomach and intestines. Three-quarters of his vocabulary is derived from these regions, and they give an intimate flavour to expressions of his greatest joy as well as of his deepest indignation. It is impossible to express oneself in any other way so clearly and pithily.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • pithily = concise, but full of meaning
  • Which he did, urging her on in pithy phrases.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
  • "Clarke, define resplendent."

    "I think it's shining, sir."

    "Pithy, Clarke, but adequate."
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • pithy = concise (said in few words)
  • More pleasant, pithy, and effectual,
    Shakespeare, William  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • They may be said, in few and pithy words, to have ill served a poor purpose.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  House Of Seven Gables
  • When Time asked him to speak about the Racing Commission, Smith was typically pithy.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • The consequence of all that ice was a wretched Thanksgiving of tiny tough birds, heavy pork cakes, and pithy sweet potatoes.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • She flashed her badge at security, gave him a pithy suggestion that he keep out of her face, then strode toward the ascent.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • They may be said, in few and pithy words, to have ill served a poor purpose.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • ] [Footnote 52: Emerson's style is characterized by the frequent use of pithy epigrams like this.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He opened his mouth, waiting for his brain to supply the customary pithy comeback.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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