misarticulate

verb mis·ar·tic·u·late \ ˌmis-är-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt \

Definition of misarticulate

misarticulated; misarticulating
transitive + intransitive
1 T : to utter indistinctly or incorrectly
  • fricatives are frequently misarticulated as plosives by young children, and vice versa.
  • —Andrew Radford
2 I : to utter speech sounds indistinctly or incorrectly
  • Most children who misarticulate are normal neurologically and structurally.
  • —Linda Pratt

misarticulation

play \ˌmis-(ˌ)är-ˌti-kyə-ˈlā-shən\ noun, plural misarticulations
    • It is not so much an abnormal anatomical structure which is the cause of misarticulation
    • —David Crystal and Rosemary Varley

First Known Use of misarticulate

1949

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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