monosyllabic

[ mon-uh-si-lab-ik ]
/ ˌmɒn ə sɪˈlæb ɪk /

adjective

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.

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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

OTHER WORDS FROM monosyllabic

mon·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
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British Dictionary definitions for monosyllabic

monosyllabic
/ (ˌmɒnəsɪˈlæbɪk) /

adjective

(of a word) containing only one syllable
characterized by monosyllables; curta monosyllabic answer

Derived forms of monosyllabic

monosyllabically, adverb
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