Definition of retroflex
1 : turned or bent abruptly backward
2 : articulated with the tongue tip turned up or curled back just under the hard palate <retroflex vowel>
Origin and Etymology of retroflex
New Latin retroflexus, from Latin retro- + flexus, past participle of flectere to bend
First Known Use: 1776
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up retroflex? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).