Definitions for tersetɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

terse*tɜrs(adj.)ters•er, ters•est.

  1. neatly or effectively concise; brief and pithy, as language.

  2. abruptly concise; curt; brusque.

* Syn: See concise.

Origin of terse:

1595–1605; < L tersus neat, polished, ptp. of tergēre to rub, polish


Princeton's WordNet

  1. crisp, curt, laconic, 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"


  1. terse(Adjective)

    Polished, burnished; smooth; fine, neat, spruce.

  2. terse(Adjective)

    Brief, concise, to the point.

  3. terse(Adjective)

    Abruptly or brusquely short.

  4. Origin: From the year 1599, from ters, from tersus, perfect passive participle of tergo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terse

    appearing as if rubbed or wiped off; rubbed; smooth; polished

  2. Terse

    refined; accomplished; -- said of persons

  3. Terse

    elegantly concise; free of superfluous words; polished to smoothness; as, terse language; a terse style


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