AskDefine | Define terse

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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]

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From 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").

Adjective

  1. In the context of "of speech or style": Brief, concise, to the point.
    He gave a terse, one-word answer.
  2. Abruptly or brusquely short.

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