What does terse mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crisp, curt, laconic, terseadjective

    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. terseadjective

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

  2. terseadjective

    Brief, concise, to the point.

  3. terseadjective

    Abruptly or brusquely short.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Terseadjective

    Etymology: ters, Fr. tersus, Lat.

    Many stones precious and vulgar, although terse and smooth, have not this power attractive. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err.

    To raw numbers and unfinish’d verse,
    Sweet sound is added now to make it terse. Dryden.

    These accomplishments in the pulpit appear by a quaint, terse, florid style, rounded into periods without propriety or meaning. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.


  1. terse

    Terse refers to something that is brief and to the point, often characterized by its simplicity and lack of unnecessary wordiness. It describes speech, writing, or a person's manner which is effectively concise and devoid of elaborate details.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terse

    tėrs, adj. compact or concise, with smoothness or elegance: neat.—adv. Terse′ly.—ns. Terse′ness, conciseness, brevity; Ter′sion, act of wiping. [L. tersustergēre, tersum, to rub clean.]

Anagrams for terse »

  1. ester

  2. estre

  3. reset

  4. Reset

  5. steer

  6. stere

  7. stree

  8. trees

  9. tsere

  10. reest

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terse in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of terse in a Sentence

  1. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic:

    It is impossible to determine how many refugees have already reached European shores and are somewhere between Greece and Germany, but camps throughout The Balkans, as well as Western Europe, are packed with refugees in increasingly tense situations. Related ImageExpand / ContractPolice in Macedonia hold back hordes of refugees hoping to pass through The Balkans en route to Western Europe. ( FoxNews.com) After Hungary took action, refugees streamed into Croatia from Serbia, prompting Croatia to close its border and trapping some 11,000 inside Serbia. Refugees were still working their way through Macedonia and into Serbia, where they remained stuck at the Hungarian border as Serbian and Hungarian officials traded terse statements. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic accused Hungarian police of lobbing tear gas across the border and urged European Union to condemn the brutal behavior of the Hungarian police to refugees and media workers. Serbia itself can protect its territory and national dignity, and, if necessary, from the European Union, we will protect the European values.

  2. Bruce Williams:

    Your debt to the government has been repaid. Bruce had bragged to his grandfather about sending mail using an underpriced stamp. Grampa sent him a note with a stamp (8 cent if memory serves) with CANCELLED written on it in red pen and the terse note, Your debt to the government has been repaid. Williams said he never tried to underpay again (although he cerainly did bargain hard in many cases.

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