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‘Laconic’ has a similar meaning but different emphasis to similar words such as ‘succinct’. When somebody is described as ‘laconic’ they are not being economical with their speech for the purpose of clarity. Instead they are being, or at least perceived to be, rude, disinterested, or unfriendly.
Mike’s laconic reply suggested he wasn’t very interested in the topic I was discussing.
My manager is usually quite laconic at work, but she’s a much livelier person outside the office.
I don’t mind doctors who are laconic. It probably means they are focused on their job instead of people-pleasing.