Definition of monosyllable in English:


Line breaks: mono|syl¦lable
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒnə(ʊ)sɪləb(ə)l


  • 1A word consisting of only one syllable.
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    • ‘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, used when reluctant to engage in conversation: if she spoke at all it was in monosyllables
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    • 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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