monosyllable monosyllable


  • (n) a word or utterance of one syllable


  1. As a governor from the Deep South, not even a whispered monosyllable as to his views on segregation.
  2. He never chooses a monosyllable when a polysyllable will do.
  3. Well, somebody does pronounce aloud one tiny monosyllable, but let no one step on a laugh by revealing either the word or the perpetrator.


  • Of the line "Lay, lady, lay, lay across my big brass bed," Ricks writes: "He sings the word `bed' king-sizedly. It's not a monosyllable when he signs it, something happens to it."
    on Aug 10, 2004 By: Christopher Ricks Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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