- using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply.
Origin of laconic
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Examples from the Web for laconically
"Third," he answered, laconically, schooling his voice to indifference.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
"Brain 'em," said Macdonald laconically, speaking for the first time.In the Midst of Alarms
"It's a cinch you'll take the front seat," he remarked, laconically.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
“Everything, and more than everything,” replies my lady, laconically.The First Violin
"We can always pay our creditors and let you whistle," Rostocker reminded him, laconically.The Market-Place
- (of a person's speech) using few words; terse
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.