follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

monosyllable

[mon-uh-sil-uh-buh l] /ˈmɒn əˌsɪl ə bəl/
noun
1.
a word of one syllable, as yes or no.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; mono- + syllable
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for monosyllables
  • He communicates with his formerly happy family in monosyllables, and spends too much time sharpening his ax.
  • He talks in simple, declarative sentences that are heavy on monosyllables.
  • They have taken to spending hour upon hour staring into space, grunting in monosyllables, listlessly chewing carrots and brooding.
  • Mike began to have confidence in the guy's monosyllables.
  • He spoke in monosyllables, chewed gum, wore shades and mumbled about his new rap career.
  • Then answer in monosyllables, and do all you can to discourage it.
British Dictionary definitions for monosyllables

monosyllable

/ˈmɒnəˌsɪləbəl/
noun
1.
a word of one syllable, esp one used as a sentence
Derived Forms
monosyllabism, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for monosyllables
monosyllable
1530s, from L. monosyllabus "of one syllable," from Gk. monosyllabos, from monos "single, alone" + syllabe "syllable."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for monosyllable

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for monosyllables

20
25
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with monosyllables