falling diphthong


noun Phonetics.

a diphthong in which the first of the two apparent vocalic elements is of greater stress or sonority and the second is of lesser stress or sonority, as in (ī), (ou), (oi), etc.

Nearby words

  1. fallibility,
  2. fallible,
  3. falling,
  4. falling action,
  5. falling band,
  6. falling door,
  7. falling down drunk,
  8. falling of womb,
  9. falling rhythm,
  10. falling sickness


Origin of falling diphthong

First recorded in 1885–90

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