verb \ˈlisp\

Definition of LISP

intransitive verb
:  to pronounce the sibilants \s\ and \z\ imperfectly especially by turning them into \th\ and \th\
:  to speak falteringly, childishly, or with a lisp
transitive verb
:  to utter falteringly or with a lisp
lisp·er noun

Origin of LISP

Middle English, from Old English -wlyspian; akin to Old High German lispen to lisp
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Medicine Terms

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Rhymes with LISP



: a speech problem that causes someone to pronounce the letters “s” and “z” like “th”

Full Definition of LISP

:  a speech defect or affectation characterized by lisping
:  a sound resembling a lisp

Examples of LISP

  1. He spoke with a lisp.

First Known Use of LISP

circa 1625

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile


noun \ˈlisp\

Definition of LISP

:  a computer programming language that is designed for easy manipulation of data strings and is used extensively for work in artificial intelligence

Origin of LISP

list processing
First Known Use: 1959

Other Computer-Related Terms

adware, flash, kludge, phishing, recursive, router

Rhymes with LISP


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