tongue twister

noun

Definition of tongue twister

: a word, phrase, or sentence difficult to articulate because of a succession of similar consonantal sounds (as in "twin-screw steel cruiser")

Examples of tongue twister in a Sentence

Her last name is a real tongue twister.
Recent Examples on the Web Cunningham dances are like physical tongue twisters, full of tricky coordinations of the body, long balances on one foot, seemingly impossible transitions from one tilted position to another. Marina Harss, New York Times, "Twist, Bend, Reach, Step: A Merce Cunningham Solo Anyone Can Try," 21 Apr. 2020 The 13 Going on 30 star bursted into laughter mid-tongue twister and at one point held her hand up to her mouth before continuing. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Garner Steps Out with John Miller, Almost a Year After They Were First Seen Together," 21 Sep. 2019 The generic name, dulaglutide, is more of a tongue twister, a seeming mishmash of syllables that’s probably impenetrable to most patients. David Lazarus, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where do generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where.," 24 July 2019 The generic name, dulaglutide, is more of a tongue twister, a seeming mishmash of syllables that’s probably impenetrable to most patients. David Lazarus, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where do generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where.," 24 July 2019 The generic name, dulaglutide, is more of a tongue twister, a seeming mishmash of syllables that’s probably impenetrable to most patients. David Lazarus, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where do generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where.," 24 July 2019 The generic name, dulaglutide, is more of a tongue twister, a seeming mishmash of syllables that’s probably impenetrable to most patients. David Lazarus, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where do generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where.," 24 July 2019 The generic name, dulaglutide, is more of a tongue twister, a seeming mishmash of syllables that’s probably impenetrable to most patients. David Lazarus, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where do generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where.," 24 July 2019 The generic name, dulaglutide, is more of a tongue twister, a seeming mishmash of syllables that’s probably impenetrable to most patients. David Lazarus, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Where do generic drug names come from? Two women in Chicago, that’s where.," 24 July 2019

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Tongue twister.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tongue%20twister. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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tongue twister

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tongue twister

: a word, name, phrase, or sentence that is hard to say

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