Simple Definition of laconic
: using few words in speech or writing
Examples of laconic
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
The closest anyone comes to announcing his destination is a laconic “Guess I'll head on in.” —Richard Rhodes, The Inland Ground, 1991
… towards the father—laconic, authoritarian, remote, an immigrant who'd trained in Galicia to be a rabbi but worked in America in a hat factory—their feelings were more confused. —Philip Roth, Granta 24, Summer 1988
He had a reputation for being laconic.
<the sportscaster's color commentary tends to be laconic but very much to the point>
Origin of laconic
Latin laconicus Spartan, from Greek lakōnikos; from the Spartan reputation for terseness of speech
First Known Use: 1589
Synonym Discussion of laconic
Rhymes with laconic
Aaronic, atonic, benthonic, bionic, boronic, Brittonic, Brythonic, bubonic, Byronic, canonic, carbonic, colonic, cyclonic, daimonic, demonic, draconic, dystonic, euphonic, hadronic, harmonic, hedonic, hydronic, iconic, ionic, Ionic, Masonic, mnemonic, moronic, neutronic, photonic, phytonic, planktonic, platonic, plutonic, pneumonic, pythonic, sardonic, sermonic, Slavonic, subsonic, symphonic, synchronic, tectonic, Teutonic, transonic
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