adjective \lə-ˈkä-nik\

: using few words in speech or writing

Full Definition of LACONIC

:  using or involving the use of a minimum of words :  concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
la·con·i·cal·ly \-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of LACONIC

  1. He had a reputation for being laconic.
  2. <the sportscaster's color commentary tends to be laconic but very much to the point>
  3. We would rather have a smiling, shape-shifting Democrat we don't trust than a frowning, laconic Republican we trust more. —Maureen Dowd, New York Times, 10 Oct. 1996

Origin of LACONIC

Latin laconicus Spartan, from Greek lakōnikos; from the Spartan reputation for terseness of speech
First Known Use: 1589


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