What does terse mean?

Definitions for tersetɜrs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word terse.

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

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, estre, reset, Reset, steer, stere, stree, trees


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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.

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