Definition of monosyllabic in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɒnə(ʊ)sɪˈlabɪk/


1(Of a word or utterance) consisting of one syllable.
Example sentences
  • As they continue to develop, children learn to segment polysyllabic words into syllables as they approach kindergarten age and monosyllabic words into phonemes around first grade.
  • Why are there so many syllables in the word monosyllabic?
  • Jo answered, spitting out each monosyllabic word.
1.1(Of a person) using brief or few words to signify reluctance to engage in conversation: a monosyllabic footballer
More example sentences
  • So I eventually called up the helpline, and the monosyllabic customer advisor at the end of the phone informed me that there was indeed a delay.
  • Georges' wife, who works for a successful editor, is concerned: not least for their monosyllabic son, Pierrot, a young swimming champ.
  • He is permanently monosyllabic unless the subject happens to be narrow-gauge North American railways, and he never uses a word where a silent, dismissive glare would do.



Example sentences
  • My head feels like its going to explode as I sit through the two important meetings I had yesterday, monosyllabically trying to make contributions.
  • This emotional tailspin lasted all the way through Sunday, rendering me monosyllabically uncommunicative for the entire duration.
  • I responded monosyllabically that yes I would come and talk to him and that was fine.

Words that rhyme with monosyllabic

disyllabic, polysyllabic, syllabic

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Line breaks: mono|syl¦lab¦ic

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