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monosyllabic

monosyllabic

adjective mono·syl·lab·ic \ˌmä-nə-sə-ˈla-bik\

: having only one syllable : made up of words that have only one syllable

: saying very little or responding with one-syllable words

Full Definition of MONOSYLLABIC

1
:  consisting of one syllable or of monosyllables
2
:  using or speaking only monosyllables
3
:  conspicuously brief in answering or commenting :  terse
mono·syl·lab·i·cal·ly \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
mono·syl·la·bic·i·ty \-ˌsi-lə-ˈbi-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of MONOSYLLABIC

  1. The movie star was monosyllabic with newspaper reporters.
  2. <the sullen teenager would give only a monosyllabic response to even the friendliest question>

Origin of MONOSYLLABIC

probably from French monosyllabique, from monosyllabe
First Known Use: 1766

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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