ret·​ro·​flex ˈre-trə-ˌfleks How to pronounce retroflex (audio)
: turned or bent abruptly backward
: articulated with the tongue tip turned up or curled back just under the hard palate
retroflex vowel

Word History


New Latin retroflexus, from Latin retro- + flexus, past participle of flectere to bend

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of retroflex was in 1776

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“Retroflex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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