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.

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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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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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