nonspeech

noun non·speech \ ˌnän-ˈspēch \

Definition of nonspeech

: something (such as a vocal sound) that is not speech
  • Indeed, until very recently the studies upon which this widely held belief was founded were not actually designed to test infants' preference for speech over nonspeech.
  • —Jenny R. Saffran et al.
usually used before another noun
  • students with nonspeech disabilities
  • nonspeech sounds

First Known Use of nonspeech

1943

in the meaning defined above

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