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.
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- 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
He brings a new meaning to the word laconic and his choice of words is as accurate as his spicing.
Bush, on the other hand, was characterized as a laconic, likable fella who you'd want to have a beer with at a backyard cook-out.
This style of speaking, where much was said in few words, was so usual in the whole country of Laconia, that it is still known as the laconic style.
So, it seems that we get the word 'laconic' from the Spartans, or Laconians, of ancient Greece.
I must have some kind of laconic contempt of pleasure.
Plus, he wouldn't have to look up "laconic" in the dictionary.
The screen writers did their homework in preserving many famous sayings attributed to the Spartans, who were noted in antiquity for their "laconic" style of speaking.
At its best, "Cop Diary" recalled the old New Yorker - not the famously twee New Yorker of the Shawn era, glorious as that could be, but an older old New Yorker, a kind of laconic blarney with roots deep in Joseph Mitchell.
Tanaka Gin was a slender, dark-faced man with the kind of laconic grace one often found in Japan's cinema detec - tives or samurai heroes.
The Spartans were dignified, austere, and of few words, "laconic" in speech.