Terse Definition

tûrs
terser, tersest
adjective
terser, tersest
Free of superfluous words; concise in a polished, smooth way; succinct.
Webster's New World
Brief or concise to the point of rudeness; curt.
Webster's New World
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.
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Other Word Forms of Terse

Adjective

Base Form:
terse
Comparative:
terser
Superlative:
tersest

Origin of Terse

  • From the year 1599, from French ters (“clean"), from Latin tersus (“cleansed; neat, spruce"), perfect passive participle of tergō (“I rub, wipe, cleanse").

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin tersus past participle of tergēre to cleanse

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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