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English definition of “terse”

terse

adjective uk   /tɜːs/ us    /tɝːs/
using few words, sometimes in a way that seems rude or unfriendly: "Are you feeling any better?" "No!" was the terse reply.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
tersely
adverb uk   /ˈtɜːs.li/ us    /ˈtɝː-/
Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
terseness
noun [U] uk   /ˈtɜːs.nəs/ us    /ˈtɝː-/
Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
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