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terse

 (tûrs)
adj. ters·er, ters·est
Brief and to the point; effectively concise: a terse one-word answer.

[Latin tersus, past participle of tergēre, to cleanse.]

terse′ly adv.
terse′ness n.

terse

(tɜːs)
adj
1. neatly brief and concise
2. curt; abrupt
[C17: from Latin tersus precise, from tergēre to polish]
ˈtersely adv
ˈterseness n

terse

(tɜrs)

adj. ters•er, ters•est.
1. neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.
2. abruptly concise; curt; brusque.
[1595–1605; < Latin tersus neat, polished, past participle of tergēre to rub, polish]
terse′ly, adv.
terse′ness, n.
syn: See concise.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.terse - brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"

terse

adjective
1. curt, abrupt, brusque, short, rude, tart, snappy, gruff His tone was terse as he asked the question.
curt polite, chatty

terse

adjective
Marked by or consisting of few words that are carefully chosen:
Translations
ぶっきらぼうな簡明な

terse

[tɜːs] ADJ (terser (compar) (tersest (superl))) [reply, tone, person] → lacónico, seco; [statement] → escueto

terse

[ˈtɜːrs] adj [style] → concis(e); [reply] → laconique; [statement] → concis(e); [voice] → sec(sèche)

terse

adj (+er)knapp; he was very terseer war sehr kurz angebunden

terse

[tɜːs] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) (style) → conciso/a; (reply) → laconico/a
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