American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having only one syllable.
- adj. Characterized by or consisting of monosyllables.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consisting of one syllable: as, a monosyllabic word.
- Consisting of words of one syllable: as, a monosyllabic verse.
- adj. Consisting of one syllable.
- adj. Using monosyllables, speaking in monosyllables; curt.
- n. a word consisting of one syllable
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Being a monosyllable, or composed of monosyllables
- adj. having or characterized by or consisting of one syllable
- From Late Latin monosyllabicus, from Latin monosyllabus, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μονοσύλλαβος. (Wiktionary)
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