: using or speaking only monosyllables
Examples of MONOSYLLABIC
- The movie star was monosyllabic with newspaper reporters.
- <the sullen teenager would give only a monosyllabic response to even the friendliest question>
Origin of MONOSYLLABIC
probably from French monosyllabique,
First Known Use: 1766
Related to MONOSYLLABIC
- aphoristic, apothegmatic, brief, capsule, compact, compendious, crisp, curt, elliptical (or elliptic), epigrammatic, laconic, concise, pithy, sententious, succinct, summary, telegraphic, terse, thumbnail
- circuitous, circumlocutory, diffuse, long-winded, prolix, rambling, verbose, windy, wordy
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