lisp

verb
\ˈlisp \
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 \

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

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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

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, "Bill Murray Stole the Show as David Letterman Accepted the Mark Twain Prize," 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, "Twin Peaks: 20 Easter Eggs, References, and Callbacks You Might Have Missed," 23 May 2017 One of the little girls handed her a copy to inscribe and lisped her name. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "A Day in Hiram," 2 Feb. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No, those bewigged, Georgia-era fops didn’t speak with a lisp. John Kelly, Washington Post, "His name was ‘Alexander Hamilton.’ New exhibits recount his words and deeds.," 27 June 2018 Standing in front of the small crowd, Greiner would have been in her late 20s, with hooded eyes, blonde hair, and a faint British accent masked by a lisp. Caroline Lester, The Atlantic, "What Happens When Your Bomb-Defusing Robot Becomes a Weapon," 26 Apr. 2018 Only the most hardcore Stranger Things fans among us might remember the scene in the very first episode where Dustin defends himself against school bullies making fun of his toothless lisp. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "'Stranger Things' Star Gaten Matarazzo Shares What Life Is Like With His Rare Bone Disorder," 26 Jan. 2018 Flopsy has a lisp, which makes her painfully self-conscious and kind of indignant at the same time. Margot Robbie, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Fashion Tale of Peter Rabbit," 18 Jan. 2018 Swift donned some heavy metal orthodontic gear and a horrible lisp in this clip to point out parents' horrible driving habits, like lecturing while driving and trying to grab a purse from the backseat while behind the wheel. Allison Stubblebine, Billboard, "Taylor Swift's 5 Best Moments on 'Saturday Night Live'," 30 Oct. 2017 Dustin Henderson: Mike’s adorable friend who has a lisp because of cleidocranial dysplasia. Lucas Sinclair: Another friend of the group who is the most skeptical of everything. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Everything You Need to Remember From Stranger Things Season One," 25 Oct. 2017 The villain was literally Samuel Jackson playing Russell Simmons, right down to the lisp. Jason Johnson, The Root, "Kingsman: The Golden Circle Turns the Drug War Into the Opioid Crisis for White America," 22 Sep. 2017 Yes, Biggie had a lisp and slurred — speech impediments that should have ensured that he’d be laughed out of early freestyle competitions, let alone be a viable candidate for a record contract. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "A&E documentary 'Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.' takes a fascinating — and authorized — look at the rapper's too-short story," 3 Sep. 2017

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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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Dictionary Entries near lisp

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lisle

Lisle, de

lisp

LISP

lispund

liss

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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 \
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\

\ˈlisp \

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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