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