terse adj : 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" [syn: crisp, curt, laconic]
EtymologyFrom the year 1599 from ters ("clean") from from the adjective tersus ("neat", "spruce") the past participle of tergo/tergeo ("to rub", "to wipe", "to cleanse").
a concise style or speech
abruptly or brusquely short
- Japanese: ぶっきらぼうな
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