lisp

verb
\ ˈlisp How to pronounce lisp (audio) \
lisped; lisping; lisps

Definition of lisp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to pronounce the sibilants \s\ and \z\ imperfectly especially by turning them into \th\ and \t͟h\
2 : to speak falteringly, childishly, or with a lisp

transitive verb

: to utter falteringly or with a lisp

lisp

noun (1)

Definition of lisp (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a speech defect or affectation characterized by lisping
2 : a sound resembling a lisp

LISP

noun (2)
\ ˈlisp How to pronounce LISP (audio) \

Definition of LISP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a computer programming language that is designed for easy manipulation of symbols that represent data and instructions and is used extensively for work in artificial intelligence

Other Words from lisp

Verb

lisper noun

Examples of lisp in a Sentence

Noun (1) He spoke with a lisp.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Max Cadillac aces his biggest Moonlight role to date as Roger’s lisping common-law assistant Carmen Ghia. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 June 2019 Paul Shaffer cackled from behind a keyboard in shades; baritoned redhead Alan Kalter introduced guests; there were videos of stupid pet tricks and a befuddled, lisping Larry Bud Melman. John Clarke, HWD, 23 Oct. 2017 Cera is also doing a fun lisping impression of Brando while ponderously spouting off garbled nods to the actor’s filmography. Joanna Robinson, HWD, 23 May 2017 One of the little girls handed her a copy to inscribe and lisped her name. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her lisp was also due to the overbite, the reality TV star said. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Phil picks up immediately on Peter's vulnerabilities — the boy has placed handmade paper flowers on every table, and speaks with a telltale lisp — and runs with them, a bully a who loves nothing better than a target and an audience. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2021 First, Ross and Michelle are not vibing with Ra’Jah’s character choices (though her little Teletubby lisp got a hearty chuckle out of me). Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 22 July 2021 Eventually, under duress, the composer reduced the affliction to a lisp. Manuel Mendoza, Dallas News, 27 May 2021 As a first-grader, Katy, both in the book and in real life, spoke with a lateral lisp. Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 While introducing the audience to Monday's contestants, Pat started making small talk with a contestant named Chris Brimble, who some viewers are saying spoke with a lisp. Good Housekeeping Editors, Good Housekeeping, 24 Feb. 2021 Many have interpreted his response as a mockery of Brimble’s way of speaking, which sounded like a lisp to many. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 23 Feb. 2021 Other parts of the email claimed that DeVoe was uneducated and has a very bad lisp. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lisp

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (1)

circa 1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1959, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lisp

Verb

Middle English, from Old English -wlyspian; akin to Old High German lispen to lisp

Noun (2)

list processing

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“Lisp.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lisp. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for lisp

lisp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lisp

: a speech problem that causes someone to pronounce the letters "s" and "z" like "th"

lisp

verb
\ ˈlisp How to pronounce lisp (audio) \
lisped; lisping

Kids Definition of lisp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pronounce the sounds \s\ and \z\ as \th\ and \t͟h\

lisp

noun

Kids Definition of lisp (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act or habit of pronouncing the sounds \s\ and \z\ as \th\ and \t͟h\

lisp

intransitive verb
\ ˈlisp How to pronounce lisp (audio) \

Medical Definition of lisp

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to pronounce the sibilants \s\ and \z\ imperfectly especially by giving them the sounds \th\ and \t͟h\
2 : to speak with a lisp

transitive verb

: to utter with a lisp

lisp

noun

Medical Definition of lisp (Entry 2 of 2)

: a speech defect or affectation characterized by lisping

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