Opposite of “verbose”

One definition of verbose states:

characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report.

Some (including the above link) suggest that the opposite is concise or laconic, however both mean covering much in few words.

Is there an opposite of verbose which means the use of too few words?

Here’s a blog post about this, although it doesn’t offer an alternative.


Terse: sparing in the use of words; abrupt – “a terse statement”. The current use according to OED is “Freed from verbal redundancy; neatly concise; compact and pithy in style or language.”

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