- having only one syllable, as the word no.
- having a vocabulary composed primarily of monosyllables or short, simple words.
- very brief; terse or blunt: a monosyllabic reply.
Origin of monosyllabic
1815–25; < Medieval Latin monosyllabicus, equivalent to Late Latin monosyllab(on) monosyllable (< Greek monosýllabon, noun use of neuter of monosýllabos monosyllabic) + -icus -ic
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Examples from the Web for monosyllabic
His first language was Russian, then he learned Swedish, but chooses to perform in monosyllabic broken English.The Cult of Yung Lean: ‘I’m Building An Anarchistic Society From the Ground Up’
January 4, 2015
His response, as he remembered it then, had been barely more than monosyllabic.Bush’s Unanswered 9/11 Questions
Anthony Summers, Robbyn Swan
August 28, 2011
While the boys, many of whom forgot to put on underwear, grunt in monosyllabic tones.Exactly How Are Men Superior?
January 29, 2009
In reply he received a monosyllabic affirmative; Kirkwood did not look up.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
Martell was monosyllabic as usual, and we sat and gazed into the fire.
That it had suited her admirably, and that it was monosyllabic, was all he could remember.Antony Gray,--Gardener
That was the first speech by either of them since the monosyllabic greeting at the door.No Clue
Nothing could be more delightful than to be as calm and monosyllabic as we were.Woman's Work in the Civil War
Linus Pierpont Brockett
- (of a word) containing only one syllable
- characterized by monosyllables; curta monosyllabic answer
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Word Origin and History for monosyllabic
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