English version

in a word

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishin a wordin a wordCLEAR/EASY TO UNDERSTANDused before giving a very simple answer or explanation We are, in a word, busy. Ridiculously busy. word
Examples from the Corpus
in a wordEvery language abounds in words for pseudo-entities.Cotey -- real slow and in words of one syllable -- and then diagram them in stick figures with Crayolas.Everyone I talked with talks goals in numbers as well as in words, from the bottom to the top.I didn't say so, because the idea was too unpleasant to be clothed in words and made visible.I love you so much that I just can't express it in words.Pop, in a word, is fascination versus meaning."Did you have a good vacation?" "In a word, no."What happened was, in a word, theft.The band were, in a word, sloppy.