glottal stop


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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of glottal stop was in 1888

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“Glottal stop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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