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 ?
If the truth must be told, even Mr Swiveller's approaches to the single gentleman were of a very distant kind, and met with small encouragement; but, as he never returned from a monosyllabic conference with the unknown, without quoting such expressions as
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.
"I wish you weren't so damned monosyllabic. Have you never had a moment's regret for all the unhappiness you caused them?"
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. Philip desired popularity but could bring himself to make no advances to others.
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.
The language of the great apes is a combination of monosyllabic gutturals, amplified by gestures and signs.
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.
And Claire, making monosyllabic replies to her friend's remarks, was able to bend her mind to the task of finding out how she stood on this important Pickering issue.
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.
Mrs Lammle made leading remarks to Fledgeby, only requiring monosyllabic replies.