Variant of terse
- free of superfluous words; concise in a polished, smooth way; succinct
- brief or concise to the point of rudeness; curt
Origin: L 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
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