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[luh-kon-ik] /ləˈkɒn ɪk/
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise:
a laconic reply.
Origin of laconic
1580-90; < Latin Lacōnicus < Greek Lakōnikós Laconian, equivalent to Lákōn a Laconian + -ikos -ic
Related forms
laconically, adverb
unlaconic, adjective
brief, pithy, terse; succinct.
voluble. Unabridged
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  • "My eyes beheld no such gathering of people," returned the Jamadar laconically.

  • "Cousin, you have only just arrived," said Rosarito laconically, trying to laugh.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • "Hosts," laconically responded my friend, while listening intently to the words of Brown.

  • "I have something to do to-night," answered Caballuco, laconically and dryly.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • “Kill lion,” said Coffee, laconically; and he worked away as if the lion were round the corner waiting to be killed.

    Off to the Wilds George Manville Fenn
  • "Weather forecast, I suppose," remarked Malkiel, laconically.

  • "Fell off his wagon and broke his neck," Lone told him laconically.

    The Quirt B.M. Bower
  • "Good," he said, laconically, and relapsed into his abstracted mood.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • "Governor won't hear of it," he said, laconically, as he threw himself into an easy chair.

    Peter Binney Archibald Marshall
  • "It is here," returned Payan, laconically, presenting a paper.

    Zanoni Edward Bulwer Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for laconically


(of a person's speech) using few words; terse
Derived Forms
laconically, adverb
Word Origin
C16: via Latin from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn Laconian, Spartan; referring to the Spartans' terseness of speech
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Word Origin and History for laconically



"concise, abrupt," 1580s, probably via Latin Laconicus, from Greek Lakonikos, from Lakon "person from Lakonia," the district around Sparta in southern Greece in ancient times, whose inhabitants were famously proud of their brevity of speech. When Philip of Macedon threatened them with, "If I enter Laconia, I will raze Sparta to the ground," the Spartans' reply was, "If." An earlier form was laconical (1570s). Related: Laconically.

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