The definition of terse is language that is brief and to the point.
An example of terse is someone saying "go" at the beginning of a race.
- free of superfluous words; concise in a polished, smooth way; succinct
- brief or concise to the point of rudeness; curt
Origin of terseClassical Latin tersus, wiped off, clean, past participle of tergere, to wipe ; from Indo-European an unverified form terg- ; from base an unverified form ter-, to rub, turn: see throw
Brief and to the point; effectively concise: a terse one-word answer.
Origin of terseLatin tersus, past participle of terg&emacron;re, to cleanse.
(comparative terser, superlative tersest)