clitic

[ klit-ik ]
/ ˈklɪt ɪk /
Grammar

adjective

(of a word) functioning as a bound form; closely connected in pronunciation with a preceding or following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.

noun

a clitic word; enclitic or proclitic.

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Origin of clitic

1945–50; extracted from enclitic and proclitic
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British Dictionary definitions for clitic

clitic
/ (ˈklɪtɪk) /

adjective

(of a word) incapable of being stressed, usually pronounced as if part of the word that follows or precedes it: for example, in French, me, te, and le are clitic pronounsSee also proclitic, enclitic

noun

a clitic word

Word Origin for clitic

C20: back formation from enclitic and proclitic
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