disfluency

noun
dis·​flu·​en·​cy | \ dis-ˈflü-ən(t)-sē How to pronounce disfluency (audio) \
variants: or dysfluency

Definition of disfluency

1 : an involuntary disruption in the flow of speech that may occur during normal childhood development of spoken language or during normal adult speech but is most often symptomatic of a speech impairment especially : a disorder of vocal communication that is marked by frequent involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by repetition of all or part of a word or by prolonging vocal sounds) and typically has an onset during childhood : stuttering
2 : an act or instance of disfluency : stutter

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Other Words from disfluency

disfluent \ dis-​ˈflü-​ənt How to pronounce disfluency (audio) \ or dysfluent adjective
a disfluent child dysfluent speech

Examples of disfluency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Google is constantly updating its Google Assistant with new voice samples to better understand people with accents or speech disfluencies. Kevin Wheeler, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2020 People who stutter experience an excessive amount of disfluency, or involuntary speech disruptions, stumbling over at least 10 percent of their words. Rachel Hoge, Washington Post, 5 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of disfluency

1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disfluency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disfluency. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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disfluency

noun
dis·​flu·​en·​cy
variants: or dysfluency \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈflü-​ən(t)-​sē How to pronounce disfluency (audio) \
plural disfluencies

Medical Definition of disfluency

1 : an involuntary disruption in the flow of speech that may occur during normal childhood development of spoken language or during normal adult speech but is most often symptomatic of a speech impairment especially : a disorder of vocal communication that is marked by frequent involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by repetition of all or part of a word or by prolonging vocal sounds) and typically has an onset during childhood : stuttering
2 : an act or instance of disfluency : stutter

Other Words from disfluency

disfluent or dysfluent \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈflü-​ənt How to pronounce disfluency (audio) \ adjective
a disfluent child dysfluent speech

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