Definition of monosyllable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmänəˌsiləb(ə)l/


1A word consisting of only one syllable.
Example sentences
  • ‘No,’ came the monosyllable again and then, as though he felt this needed some reasonable elaboration David added ‘I've been sick.’
  • Sadly, he shook his head and replied in a monosyllable: ‘No’.
  • I don't believe everything in life can be settled by a monosyllable - Betty Smith, American author.
1.1 (monosyllables) Brief words, signifying reluctance to engage in conversation: if she spoke at all it was in monosyllables
More example sentences
  • When she tried to initiate conversations her friend replied in monosyllables and she soon gave up.
  • He tried his best to strike up a conversation with her but she was unresponsive and spoke in monosyllables.
  • She tries to strike up a conversation with him, and he responds in monosyllables, clearly not wanting to talk.

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Syllabification: mon·o·syl·la·ble

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