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
Related formsmon·o·syl·lab·i·cal·ly, adverbmon·o·syl·la·bic·i·ty [mon-uh-sil-uh-bis-i-tee] /ˌmɒn əˌsɪl əˈbɪs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of a word) containing only one syllable
characterized by monosyllables; curta monosyllabic answer
Derived Formsmonosyllabically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monosyllabic

1824, of languages; 1828, of words; 1870, of persons, from monosyllable + -ic. Earlier form was monosyllabical (1680s, of words). Related: Monosyllabically.

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