pre·​na·​sal·​ize ˌprē-ˈnā-zə-ˌlīz How to pronounce prenasalize (audio)
prenasalized; prenasalizing; prenasalizes

transitive verb

: to pronounce (a stop consonant) with a brief interval of nasalization that is not ascribed to the preceding speech segment

Word History


pre- + nasalize

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prenasalize was in 1953

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Cite this Entry

“Prenasalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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