- 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
Examples from the Web for lisping
When the lisping lips of my young child asked me, "Papa, who made me?"The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
He had then, the defects of lisping and stammering which we, often turned into ridicule.The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional
"Say 'Our Father,'" he used to demand of the lisping infant when he had her alone with him.Jennie Gerhardt
If it did, I should be lisping "husband, husband, husband" from cock-crow to owl's cry.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
When they returned the child offered me the bowl, lisping in a charming manner.Lost Diaries
- 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
- a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
Word Origin and History for lisping
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.).
- A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th).
- To speak with a lisp.