monosyllabic


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mon·o·syl·lab·ic

 (mŏn′ə-sĭ-lăb′ĭk)
adj.
1. Having only one syllable.
2. Characterized by or consisting of monosyllables.

mon′o·syl·lab′ic·al·ly adv.

monosyllabic

(ˌmɒnəsɪˈlæbɪk)
adj
1. (Linguistics) (of a word) containing only one syllable
2. characterized by monosyllables; curt: a monosyllabic answer.
ˌmonosylˈlabically adv

mon•o•syl•lab•ic

(ˌmɒn ə sɪˈlæb ɪk)

adj.
1. having only one syllable, as the word no.
2. using, composed of, or uttering monosyllables or short, simple words.
3. very brief; terse or blunt: a monosyllabic reply.
[1815–25; < Medieval Latin = Late Latin monosyllab(on) (< Greek; see mono-, syllable) + -icus -ic]
mon`o•syl•lab′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.monosyllabic - having or characterized by or consisting of one syllablemonosyllabic - having or characterized by or consisting of one syllable
syllabic - consisting of a syllable or syllables
Translations

monosyllabic

[ˈmɒnəʊsɪˈlæbɪk] ADJ
1. (lit) [word] → monosílabo
2. (fig) (= reticent) → lacónico

monosyllabic

[ˌmɒnəʊsɪˈlæbɪk] adj
[word] → monosyllabique
[person] → laconique

monosyllabic

[ˌmɒnəʊsɪˈlæbɪk] adj (word, reply) → monosillabico/a; (person) → che parla a monosillabi
References in classic literature ?
I made some attempts to draw her into conversation, but she seemed a person of few words: a monosyllabic reply usually cut short every effort of that sort.
Vanstone, basking in golden visions of his young friend's future, echoed that monosyllabic decision with all his heart.
The language of the great apes is a combination of monosyllabic gutturals, amplified by gestures and signs.
The reproofs suited her best of all: while I scolded she would chip away with her pen-knife at a pencil or a pen; fidgetting a little, pouting a little, defending herself by monosyllables, and when I deprived her of the pen or pencil, fearing it would be all cut away, and when I interdicted even the monosyllabic defence, for the purpose of working up the subdued excitement a little higher, she would at last raise her eyes and give me a certain glance, sweetened with gaiety, and pointed with defiance, which, to speak truth, thrilled me as nothing had ever done, and made me, in a fashion (though happily she did not know it), her subject, if not her slave.
It was that in which Harry Montague, after a sad, almost monosyllabic scene of parting with Miss Dyas, bade her good-bye, and turned to go.
One man, hearing that he had studied art in Paris, and fancying himself on his taste, tried to discuss art with him; but Philip was impatient of views which did not agree with his own; and, finding quickly that the other's ideas were conventional, grew monosyllabic.
Occasionally they would exchange words with one another in a monosyllabic language.
During the fight within the dark chamber, and while they had been dragging Tarzan to the inner court, no word had been spoken, but now several of them exchanged grunting, monosyllabic conversation in a language unfamiliar to the ape-man, and presently they left him lying upon the concrete floor while they trooped off on their short legs into another part of the temple beyond the court.
At this unexpected answer, a hoarse murmur arose from the deputation; and the same gentleman who had expressed an opinion relative to the gammoning nature of the introductory speech, again made a monosyllabic demonstration, by growling out 'Resign
Richard Wilson, Jane's younger brother, sat in a corner, apparently good-tempered, but silent and shy, desirous to escape observation, but willing enough to listen and observe: and, although somewhat out of his element, he would have been happy enough in his own quiet way, if my mother could only have let him alone; but in her mistaken kindness, she would keep persecuting him with her attentions - pressing upon him all manner of viands, under the notion that he was too bashful to help himself, and obliging him to shout across the room his monosyllabic replies to the numerous questions and observations by which she vainly attempted to draw him into conversation.
He whittled and listened, gave monosyllabic replies, and, when it was asked, terse advice.
For the time he appears unequal to any other reply than this lazy monosyllabic assent.