deic·​tic ˈdīk-tik How to pronounce deictic (audio)
 also  ˈdāk-
: showing or pointing out directly
the words this, that, and those have a deictic function

Examples of deictic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some are meant to point out objects, known as deictic gestures, and others are for conveying messages, called symbolic gestures. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Greek deiktikos able to show, from deiktos, verbal of deiknynai to show — more at diction

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deictic was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Deictic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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