[ luh-kon-ik ]
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  1. 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

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Other words from laconic

  • la·con·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·la·con·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use laconic in a sentence

  • “Very,” said the stranger, laconically, looking at me for the first time.

    Lavengro | George Borrow
  • "No," he answered laconically, slamming down the lid of the tea-basket.

    Four Days | Hetty Hemenway
  • I conversed with some of my acquaintances, but they answered me laconically.

  • Sullen with rage the corporal motioned toward the string of prisoners and laconically ordered, “Fire!”

    The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal

British Dictionary definitions for laconic



/ (ləˈkɒnɪk) /

  1. (of a person's speech) using few words; terse

Origin of laconic

C16: via Latin from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn Laconian, Spartan; referring to the Spartans' terseness of speech

Derived forms of laconic

  • laconically, adverb

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