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tongue twister

noun

Simple Definition of tongue twister

  • : a word, name, phrase, or sentence that is hard to say

Full Definition of tongue twister

  1. :  a word, phrase, or sentence difficult to articulate because of a succession of similar consonantal sounds (as in “twin-screw steel cruiser”)

Examples of tongue twister

  1. Her last name is a real tongue twister.



1904

First Known Use of tongue twister

1904


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