- The characteristic of being terse.
Variant of terse
- 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