from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief.
  • adjective Consisting of or resembling pith.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the nature of or full of pith; containing or abounding with pith: as, a pithy stem; a pithy substance.
  • Full of pith or force; forcible; containing much in a concentrated or dense form; of style, sententious: as, a pithy saying or expression.
  • Given to the use of pithy or forcible expressions.
  • Synonyms and Terse, laconic, concise, pointed, sententious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Consisting wholly, or in part, of pith; abounding in pith
  • adjective Having nervous energy; forceful; cogent.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) a large, rough, furrowed, oblong gall, formed on blackberry canes by a small gallfly (Diastrophus nebulosus).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Concise and meaningful.
  • adjective Of, like, or abounding in pith.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective concise and full of meaning


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

pith +‎ -y


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    March 3, 2007

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    May 18, 2007

  • I use pithy in exactly the opposite sense of WordNet's definition. Pithy is practically devoid of meaning, in the way the pith of a fruit is devoid of flavour and usually not particularly edible.

    March 22, 2009

  • I don't think I've ever heard it used like that, b.

    March 22, 2009

  • Oh that bilby. Alwayth tho full of pith and vinegar!

    March 22, 2009

  • Ha!

    March 22, 2009

  • I had this word as a Word Of The Day once.

    June 13, 2012