Origin of laconic
Examples from the Web for laconic
She is laconic, matter of fact, and frequently speaks in “life is a journey”-type metaphors and aphorisms—all part of her charm.Diane von Furstenberg: How I Learned to Love My Wrap Dress|Lizzie Crocker|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
J.J. Cale, 74 No one has ever pared a song down to its essentials better than this laconic Oklahoma composer and performer.
In an unfinished high-rise in the middle of Caracas, a laconic, cynical "doctor" operates on his new patient.Damian Lewis Spills On ‘Homeland’s’ Shocking Plot Twist and Brody’s Return|Andrew Romano|October 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He pulls the reader in with his unpretentious, laconic style, and with his refusal to shy away from acknowledging his own flaws.Seeking Reconciliation with a Terrorist: A Jewish Journey|Lisa Goldman|September 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Thiessen rebutted with a laconic Tweet: "Frum votes for surrender."Doomsday Conservatives: Too Many Hormones, Too Little Plan|David Frum|December 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"I 'll stay," said I, imitating his own laconic way; and no more was said.A Day's Ride|Charles James Lever
"I reckon I can stop that," was the miner's laconic comment.The Tyranny of the Dark|Hamlin Garland
There be, young man,” was the laconic answer; “and rum things done.The Gilpins and their Fortunes|William H. G. Kingston
Worth's laconic answer sent the blood of healthy anger into her face, made her eyes shine.The Million-Dollar Suitcase|Alice MacGowan
The answer was laconic, but the pictures that swept through his brain took on a precision and color that half frightened him.Mrs. Dud's Sister|Josephine Daskam
British Dictionary definitions for laconic
Word Origin for laconic
Word Origin and History for laconic
"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.