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English definition of “monosyllabic”


adjective uk   /ˌmɒn.ə.sɪˈlæb.ɪk/ us    /ˌmɑː.noʊ-/

monosyllabic adjective (PERSON)

disapproving saying very little in a way that is rude or unfriendly: He grunted a monosyllabic reply.Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive

monosyllabic adjective (WORD)

specialized language containing only one syllableMorphology and parts of words
adverb uk   /-ɪ.kəl.i/ disapproving us  
(Definition of monosyllabic from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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