monosyllable


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mon·o·syl·la·ble

 (mŏn′ə-sĭl′ə-bəl)
n.
A word or an utterance of one syllable.

[From Latin monosyllabum, from Greek monosullabon : mono-, mono- + sullabē, syllable; see syllable.]

monosyllable

(ˈmɒnəˌsɪləbəl)
n
(Linguistics) a word of one syllable, esp one used as a sentence
ˌmonoˈsyllaˌbism n

mon•o•syl•la•ble

(ˈmɒn əˌsɪl ə bəl)

n.
a word of one syllable, as yes or no.
[1525–35; after Late Latin monosyllabon; see monosyllabic]

monosyllable

A word with only one syllable.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monosyllable - a word or utterance of one syllablemonosyllable - a word or utterance of one syllable
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
Translations

monosyllable

[ˈmɒnəˌsɪləbl] Nmonosílabo m

monosyllable

[ˈmɒnəʊsɪləbəl] nmonosyllabe m

monosyllable

[ˈmɒnəˌsɪləbl] nmonosillabo
to speak/answer in monosyllables → parlare/rispondere a monosillabi
References in classic literature ?
In her anxiety to keep her voice quite calm, Jo made it rather cool, and the frosty little monosyllable at the end seemed to chill the Professor, for his smile vanished, as he said gravely.
I had never heard Joe read aloud to any greater extent than this monosyllable, and I had observed at church last Sunday when I accidentally held our Prayer-Book upside down, that it seemed to suit his convenience quite as well as if it had been all right.
She looked at him for an appreciable fraction of a minute ere she answered, and when she did, it was in the monosyllable -
She found it difficult to obtain even a word from her beyond a monosyllable.
Simply, loveliest and most benign of your sex, that once already, in answer to a demand of your hand, you deigned to reply with that energetic and encouraging monosyllable, yes--dear and categorical affirmative--" exclaimed Tom, going off again at half-cock, highly impressed with the notion that rhapsody, instead of music, was the food of love--"Yes, dear and categorical affirmative, with what ecstasy did not my drowsy ears drink in the melodious sounds--what extravagance of delight my throbbing heart echo its notes, on the wings of the unseen winds--in short, what considerable satisfaction your consent gave my pulsating mind
But the bow was lost upon Bruno, who had run out of the room, even while the great feat of The Unpronounceable Monosyllable was being triumphantly performed.
The Indian again waved his hand, and replied with the simple and energetic monosyllable of:
And this monosyllable indicated as much anger as the young man might have expected gratitude.
That little monosyllable was all he uttered; its tone seemed cold and unconcerned to an ear like Peter Hovenden's; and yet there was in it the stifled outcry of the poor artist's heart, which he compressed within him like a man holding down an evil spirit.
To this piece of impudence, cruelty and affectation, I could reply only by ejaculating the monosyllable "Help
She spoke a few words in a foreign tongue in a tone as though asking a question, and when my companion answered in a gruff monosyllable she gave such a start that the lamp nearly fell from her hand.
Smallweed's favourite adjective of disparagement is so close to his tongue that he begins the words "my dear friend" with the monosyllable "brim," thus converting the possessive pronoun into brimmy and appearing to have an impediment in his speech.