glottal stop


Definition of glottal stop

: the interruption of the breath stream during speech by closure of the glottis

Examples of glottal stop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her post-verbal texts are made of glottal stops and hisses, tongue clicks and tones pushed out from the diaphragm. Peter Dobrin,, 14 May 2018 His speech is unhurried and deliberate, conspicuously free of glottal stops. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of glottal stop

1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glottal stop was in 1888

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“Glottal stop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of glottal stop

: a speech sound made by briefly stopping the flow of air through the vocal cords

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