- a speech defect consisting in pronouncing s and z like or nearly like the th-sounds of thin and this, respectively.
- 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).
- the act, habit, or sound of lisping.
- to pronounce or speak with a lisp.
- to speak imperfectly, especially in a childish manner.
Origin of lisp
before 1100; Middle English wlispen, lipsen, Old English āwlyspian; akin to Dutch lisp(el)en, German lispeln, Norwegian leipsa
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- the articulation of s and z like or nearly like the th sounds in English thin and then respectively
- the habit or speech defect of pronouncing s and z in this manner
- the sound of a lisp in pronunciation
- to use a lisp in the pronunciation of (speech)
- to speak or pronounce imperfectly or haltingly
Old English āwlispian, from wlisp lisping (adj), of imitative origin; related to Old High German lispen
- a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
C20: from lis (t) p (rocessing)
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Word Origin and History for lisper
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.
1620s, from lisp (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th).
- To speak with a lisp.
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