August 17, 2013
- concise (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : being brief and to the point
- How do you use it?
- "‘Cut it short, old fellow,' interrupted Walker, who knew from former experience that he . . . was neither very concise nor intelligible in his narratives." (Charles Dickens, _Sketches by Boz_)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "concise"?Today, answer A keeps it short and sweet. "Concise," "terse," "succinct," and "curt" are all about saying something with as few words as possible. "Concise" suggests the removal of anything extra or unnecessary, as in "a concise description." "Terse" implies being quick and direct, as in "a terse reply." "Succinct" suggests saying something with no wasted words, as in "a succinct report." "Curt" suggests being abrupt and rude, as in "a curt refusal."