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

Worcester can be a tongue twister for the thousands of college students flooding into local schools each year. Jon Kamp, WSJ, "Worcester Is Reviving, but People Still Can’t Spell It (Forget the Pronunciation)," 19 Dec. 2018 The contestants in the announcers’ booth were issued a lineup of tongue twisters, including Felipe Alou, Mike LaValliere, Andres Galarraga, Shawon Dunston, and Benito Santiago. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants fan Davis scores job as P.A. announcer, 1993," 7 Mar. 2018 With a legendary tongue twister for a Latin name and a poetic and evocative common name, the plant must be a winner. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Meet this garden menace with a pretty name but ugly personality," 6 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tongue twister

1904, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tongue twister

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

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