nonspeech

noun

non·​speech ˌnän-ˈspēch How to pronounce nonspeech (audio)
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonspeech was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Nonspeech.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonspeech. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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