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[mon-uh-si-lab-ik] /ˌmɒn ə sɪˈlæb ɪk/

having only one syllable, as the word no.
having a vocabulary composed primarily of or short, simple words.
very brief; terse or blunt:
a monosyllabic reply.
(of a word) containing only one syllable
characterized by monosyllables; curt: a monosyllabic answer

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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