C16: via Latin from Greek Lakōnikos, from Lakōn Laconian, Spartan; referring to the Spartans' terseness of speech
laconic for learners of EnglishPowered by COBUILD (ləkɒnɪk)
graded adjective & adjective
If you describe someone as laconic, you mean that they use very few words to say something, so that they seemcasual or unfriendly. ⇒ Usually so laconic in the office, Dr. Lahey seemed less guarded, more relaxed. ⇒ 'At least we weren't kidnapped.'—'I'm glad of that,' was the laconic response.
laconically (ləkɒnɪkli)graded adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ A week or so later he laconically announced that Digby had been transferred to another post.