the literary use of misspellings that are intended to convey a speaker's lack of education or use of humorously dialectal pronunciations but that are actually no more than respellings of standard pronunciations, as wimmin for “women,” wuz for “was,” and peepul for “people.”
Words nearby eye dialect
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Origin of eye dialect
First recorded in 1920–25
usage note for eye dialect
Eye Dialect is used as a label for such misspellings in this dictionary.
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