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English definition of “terse”

terse

adjective     /tɜːs/
said or written in a few words, often showing that you are annoyedBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviour
tersely adverb
(Definition of terse adjective from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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