fric·​a·​tive ˈfri-kə-tiv How to pronounce fricative (audio)
: a consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract
fricative adjective

Examples of fricative in a Sentence

The sounds v θ ð s z ʃ ʒ h/ are English fricatives.
Recent Examples on the Web The plosives and fricatives of a complex word, the specific place your lips meet or don't to shape and push out a puff of air that carries a sound. Julie Muncy, Wired, 5 Feb. 2020

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Word History


Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fricative was in 1863

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“Fricative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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