tongue twister


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 Critics complain that the constant doubling up of genders turns each phrase into a potential tongue twister and stymies the natural flow of speech and prose. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2022 Try a tongue twister challenge today with your parents or a friend. Washington Post, 3 Jan. 2022 What is the most difficult tongue twister in the English language? Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 Oct. 2021 Sometimes trying to duplicate a fragment cadence for dramatic effect ends up sounding more like a tongue twister than the intended sharp jab. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 11 July 2021 The menu includes cappellacci della nonna, a bit of a tongue twister that's otherwise friendly on the tongue and unique among area recipes. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021 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, 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,, 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,, 24 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tongue twister

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tongue twister was in 1904

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“Tongue twister.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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