monosyllabic

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

Definition of monosyllabic

  1. 1 :  consisting of one syllable or of monosyllables

  2. 2 :  using or speaking only monosyllables

  3. 3 :  conspicuously brief in answering or commenting :  terse

monosyllabically

play \-bi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

monosyllabicity

play \-ˌsi-lə-ˈbi-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of monosyllabic in a Sentence

  1. The movie star was monosyllabic with newspaper reporters.

  2. the sullen teenager would give only a monosyllabic response to even the friendliest question

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Origin and Etymology of monosyllabic

probably from French monosyllabique, from monosyllabe

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MONOSYLLABIC Defined for English Language Learners

monosyllabic

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adjective

Definition of monosyllabic for English Language Learners

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

  • : saying very little or responding with one-syllable words



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