mono·​syl·​lab·​ic | \ ˌmä-nə-sə-ˈla-bik How to pronounce monosyllabic (audio) \

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

Other Words from monosyllabic

monosyllabically \ ˌmä-​nə-​sə-​ˈla-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monosyllabic (audio) \ adverb
monosyllabicity \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˌsi-​lə-​ˈbi-​sə-​tē How to pronounce monosyllabic (audio) \ noun

Examples of monosyllabic in a Sentence

The movie star was monosyllabic with newspaper reporters. the sullen teenager would give only a monosyllabic response to even the friendliest question
Recent Examples on the Web Mat, 48, spends most of his time tending to things in the basement, speaks in monosyllabic murmurs, and wears Keens and Carhartt. Hanna Krueger,, 1 Apr. 2022 For every assessment Hess relayed, Allen offered a monosyllabic response. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 Though there are cameos from theater personnel (Kenan Thompson, Taylor-Joy), this is basically a monologue by Vin, monosyllabic dope. Matthew Love, Vulture, 23 May 2021 Only Chip fielded the phone calls, awkward, monosyllabic, for fear his mother would overhear and be hurt. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 During the interview, Laurent was a typical 9-year-old, giving short or monosyllabic answers. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2019 Voi Scooter companies often seem indistinguishable, with their monosyllabic names (Scoot, Skip, Spin) and identikit hardware. Alison Griswold, Quartz, 16 Dec. 2019 And there was Shane, an irresistible, monosyllabic lothario, who inspired both ire and emulation. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2019 There, Smith shed more tears as reporters asked questions between sniffles and snippets of monosyllabic answers in which the former Mount Saint Joseph star blamed himself. Don Markus,, 2 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of monosyllabic

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for monosyllabic

probably from French monosyllabique, from monosyllabe

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13 Apr 2022

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“Monosyllabic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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