adverb uk /ˈtɜːs.li/ us /ˈtɝːs.li/
"Storm coming," he said tersely.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈtɜːs.nəs/ us /ˈtɝːs.nəs/
(Definition of “terse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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