from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise. See Synonyms at silent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the Laconians or Spartans; brief and pithy; concise; brusque; epigrammatic. In this sense laconic is the usual form.
- adj. Laconian; characteristic of, or like, the Spartans; hence, stern or severe; cruel; unflinching.
- n. Laconism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Laconia or its inhabitants; Lacedæmonian or Spartan.
- Expressing much in few words, after the manner of the ancient Laconians; sententious; pithy; short; brief: as, a laconic phrase.
- Characteristic of the Laconians; inexorable; stern; severe.
- Synonyms Condensed, Succinct, etc. See concise.
- n. Conciseness of language; laconicism.
- n. A concise, pithy expression; something expressed in a concise, pithy manner; a laconism: chiefly used in the plural: as, to talk in laconics.
- n. In ancient prosody, an anapestic tetrameter catalectic with a spondee instead of the penultimate anapest . So called as a variety of the tetrameter used in the Laconian or Spartan embateria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. brief and to the point; effectively cut short
Latin Lacōnicus, Spartan, from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn, a Spartan (from the reputation of the Spartans for brevity of speech).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Lacōnicus ("Spartan"), from Ancient Greek Λακωνικός (Lakōnikos, "Laconian"). Laconia was the region inhabited and ruled by the Spartans, who were known for their brevity in speech. (Wiktionary)