Origin of brachylogy

First recorded in 1615–25, brachylogy is from the Greek word brachylogía brevity in speech. See brachy-, -logy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for brachylogy


noun plural -gies
  1. a concise style in speech or writing
  2. a colloquial shortened form of expression that is not the result of a regular grammatical processthe omission of "good" in the expression "Afternoon" is a brachylogy
Derived Formsbrachylogous, adjective
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