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lisp

verb \ ˈlisp \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of lisp

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

lisper

noun

Recent Examples of lisp from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lisp

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


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lisp

noun

Definition of lisp

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

Examples of lisp in a Sentence

  1. He spoke with a lisp.

Recent Examples of lisp from the Web

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First Known Use of lisp

circa 1625

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


LISP

noun \ ˈlisp \

Definition of LISP

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

Origin and Etymology of lisp

list processing

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LISP Defined for English Language Learners

lisp

noun

Definition of lisp for English Language Learners

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


LISP Defined for Kids

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lisp

verb \ ˈlisp \

Definition of lisp for Students

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

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lisp

noun

Definition of lisp for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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lisp

intransitive verb \ ˈlisp \

medical Definition of lisp

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

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lisp

noun

medical Definition of lisp

: a speech defect or affectation characterized by lisping


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