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monosyllabic

[mon-uh-si-lab-ik] /ˌmɒn ə sɪˈlæb ɪk/
adjective
1.
having only one syllable, as the word no.
2.
having a vocabulary composed primarily of monosyllables or short, simple words.
3.
very brief; terse or blunt:
a monosyllabic reply.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < Medieval Latin monosyllabicus, equivalent to Late Latin monosyllab(on) monosyllable (< Greek monosýllabon, noun use of neuter of monosýllabos monosyllabic) + -icus -ic
Related forms
monosyllabically, adverb
monosyllabicity
[mon-uh-sil-uh-bis-i-tee] /ˌmɒn əˌsɪl əˈbɪs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • monosyllabic rock lyricists really did put the better songwriters out of business.
  • The nearly monosyllabic characters are familiar comic-book stick figures.
  • She has, in fact, simply too much style and wit for this kind of monosyllabic nonsense.
  • The vowel's acoustic cues are distributed throughout the entire monosyllabic word.
  • Normally monosyllabic teenagers were on their feet, clapping and singing.
British Dictionary definitions for monosyllabic

monosyllabic

/ˌmɒnəsɪˈlæbɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a word) containing only one syllable
2.
characterized by monosyllables; curt: a monosyllabic answer
Derived Forms
monosyllabically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monosyllabic
adj.

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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