full word


(especially in Chinese grammar) a word that has lexical meaning rather than grammatical meaning; a word or morpheme that functions grammatically as a contentive.

Nearby words

  1. full time,
  2. full toss,
  3. full trailer,
  4. full twist,
  5. full well,
  6. full-blooded,
  7. full-blown,
  8. full-bodied,
  9. full-bore,
  10. full-bottomed

Compare empty word.

Origin of full word

First recorded in 1890–95

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