sight-read ˈsīt-ˌred How to pronounce sight-read (audio) ; sight-reading ˈsīt-ˌrē-diŋ How to pronounce sight-read (audio)

transitive verb

: to read (something, such as a foreign language) or perform (music) without previous preparation or study

intransitive verb

: to read at sight
especially : to perform music at sight
sight reader noun

Examples of sight-read in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of her worksheets focus on her personal specialty, teaching children sight-reading skills. Megan Sauer, CNBC, 10 July 2024

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Word History


back-formation from sight reader

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of sight-read was in 1903

Dictionary Entries Near sight-read

Cite this Entry

“Sight-read.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


; sight-reading
: to read something written in a foreign language or play music without first practicing or studying it
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