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lisp

[lisp] /lɪsp/
noun
1.
a speech defect consisting in pronouncing s and z like or nearly like the th- sounds of thin and this, respectively.
2.
Phonetics. any unconventional articulation of the sibilants, as the pronunciation of s and z with the tongue between the teeth (lingual protrusion lisp) close to or touching the upper front teeth (dental lisp) or raised so that the breath is emitted laterally (lateral lisp)
3.
the act, habit, or sound of lisping.
verb (used with or without object)
4.
to pronounce or speak with a lisp.
5.
to speak imperfectly, especially in a childish manner.
Origin of lisp
1100
before 1100; Middle English wlispen, lipsen, Old English āwlyspian; akin to Dutch lisp(el)en, German lispeln, Norwegian leipsa
Related forms
lisper, noun
lispingly, adverb
unlisping, adjective

LISP

[lisp] /lɪsp/
noun, Computers.
1.
a high-level programming language that processes data in the form of lists: widely used in artificial intelligence applications.
Origin
lis(t) p(rocessing)
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  • If the said servant can clear-starch, lisp, and tread softly, she shall have suitable encouragement in her wages.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899 George A. Aitken
  • "There ith, too," she chuckled, her lisp getting the better of her.

  • In fact, to people who lisp and pronounce their esses as though they were teeaitches, it's quite the same.

    In Camp With A Tin Soldier John Kendrick Bangs
  • Like Josephine's lisp, it is a defect that serves for a distinction.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • She very early ceased to lisp, and already in her fourth year she spoke with perfect distinctness.

    A Nobleman's Nest Ivan Turgenieff
  • Fortunately there are no brilliant sayings to record; he did not lisp in periods.

    Washington Irving Henry W. Boynton
  • No, for Clarice was beginning to lisp the language of Canaan, and “they that kept the fair were men of this world.”

    A Forgotten Hero Emily Sarah Holt
  • We boys were to club and pay for the rockets, and no one else was to know a lisp of the plan.

    The Talisman Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for lisp

lisp

/lɪsp/
noun
1.
the articulation of s and z like or nearly like the th sounds in English thin and then respectively
2.
the habit or speech defect of pronouncing s and z in this manner
3.
the sound of a lisp in pronunciation
verb
4.
to use a lisp in the pronunciation of (speech)
5.
to speak or pronounce imperfectly or haltingly
Derived Forms
lisper, noun
lisping, adjective, noun
lispingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English āwlispian, from wlisp lisping (adj), of imitative origin; related to Old High German lispen

LISP

/lɪsp/
noun
1.
a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
Word Origin
C20: from lis(t) p(rocessing)
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Word Origin and History for lisp
v.

late Old English awlyspian "to lisp," from wlisp (adj.) "lisping," probably of imitative origin (cf. Middle Dutch, Old High German lispen, Danish læspe, Swedish läspa). Related: Lisped; lisping.

n.

1620s, from lisp (v.).

n.

1620s, from lisp (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lisp in Medicine

lisp (lĭsp)
n.
A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th). v. lisped, lisp·ing, lisps
To speak with a lisp.

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