Reference : https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pithy

Pithy adjective 1 : consisting of or abounding in pith 2 : having substance and point : tersely cogent

Reference : https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punchy

punchy adjective ˈpən-chē punchier; punchiest Synonyms of punchy 1 a : having punch : FORCEFUL, SPIRITED The collection is strong on punchy, memorable music and weak on lyrics. —People Weekly He leans abruptly forward and speaks with the punchy emphasis of an inveterate politician. —Bill Bryson b : VIVID, VIBRANT These punchy colors glide on and blend easily into mere hints of color. —Elle c : ZESTY It is an elegant dish, although the sauce seems overly polite now. I remember it when the fresh coriander was an intense and punchy flavor. —Caroline Bates 2 : DAZED, PUNCH-DRUNK … I arrived in Paris after a thirteen-hour flight, unwashed, unshaved, punchy from jet lag, discombobulated … —David Berlinski

Could some please give an elaborate explanation on the similarities and differences between Punchy as Pithy? Please give contextual examples as well. Thanks in advance

  • 1
    What specifically do the dictionary entries fail to explain?
    – alphabet
    Commented Dec 20, 2023 at 6:14
  • What's the difference between punches and pith? (And doesn't the dictionary give contextual examples? What kind of contextual example do they fail to provide?)
    – Stuart F
    Commented Dec 20, 2023 at 9:47
  • The words are barely related to each other. What is there to compare?
    – Barmar
    Commented Dec 20, 2023 at 21:04

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Here's a pithy definition of "pithy":

A pithy remark gives you something to chew on.

And here's a punchy definition of "punchy":

A punchy remark doesn't dance around; it smacks you in the head.

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