falling diphthong


: a diphthong (such as \ȯi\ in \ˈnȯiz\ noise) composed of a vowel followed by a less sonorous glide

Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of falling diphthong was in 1884

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Cite this Entry

“Falling diphthong.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/falling%20diphthong. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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