Definition of laconic in English:

laconic

adjective

  • (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words:

    ‘his laconic reply suggested a lack of interest in the topic’
    • ‘This book is perhaps the best introduction to the Pali texts, with their peculiarly meticulous and laconic style.’
    • ‘Ian had a self - deprecating sense of humour, perfect comic timing and laconic delivery which never failed to puncture the pretentious.’
    • ‘Is Australia's comic style too laconic to fit the rapid-fire style of a classic screwball?’
    • ‘The dialogue, though, is chanted in a peculiarly laconic way.’
    • ‘This interpretation was then bolstered by Tacitus' dry laconic wit and Lucretius' pagan atomism.’
    • ‘In David McPhail's hands, George is laconic, with an embittered acceptance of an underachieving life.’
    • ‘Costner's laconic style works for Charley, who is intended to be someone who doesn't show a lot of emotion.’
    • ‘His laconic intellect and twinkling eye will never be forgotten by those who knew him.’
    • ‘In contrast to the laconic style of most garage MCs, Mills rhymes in a startling, panicked yelp.’
    • ‘Becky's a laconic but never sarcastic presence in the film, commenting on Paul's life with absolute confidence and a great deal of compassion.’
    • ‘The problem is likely to be, at least in part, Hilberg's laconic style.’
    • ‘Barthes's writing has always fed controversy: its laconic pronouncements irritate those who hold other views.’
    • ‘Her beaming presence and laconic style are likeable and lifelike enough.’
    • ‘He spoke in an unfeasibly low voice, with the lyrical and laconic speech so typical of the Jamaicans.’
    • ‘McCarthy did thrive on television, where his laconic, relaxed style showed off to best effect.’
    • ‘Wielding batons, they looked like versions of Robocop minus the laconic wit and intelligence chip.’
    • ‘He's nothing if not honest, blunt, irascible, generous, laconic, witty and enigmatic.’
    • ‘The language in the book is terse and concise, almost laconic, and very much to the point.’
    • ‘Brazil's broadcasting style is calm and laconic, overlaid with a sporadic bullying streak towards the polite Beecroft.’
    • ‘Ella and Joe do not remark on this departure from his usual laconic monosyllables.’
    brief, concise, terse, succinct, short, economical, elliptical, crisp, pithy, to the point, incisive, short and sweet, compendious
    taciturn, of few words, uncommunicative, reticent, quiet, untalkative, reserved, silent, speechless, tight-lipped, unforthcoming, brusque
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Origin

Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘Laconian’): via Latin from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn Laconia, Sparta, the Spartans being known for their terse speech.

Pronunciation:

laconic

/ləˈkɒnɪk/