[ hap-lol-uh-jee ]

  1. the omission of one of two similar adjacent syllables or sounds in a word, as in substituting morphonemic for morphophonemic or in the pronunciation [prob-lee] /ˈprɒb li/ for probably.

Origin of haplology


Other words from haplology

  • hap·lo·log·ic [hap-luh-loj-ik], /ˌhæp ləˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, adjective

Words Nearby haplology

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British Dictionary definitions for haplology


/ (hæpˈlɒlədʒɪ) /

  1. omission of a repeated occurrence of a sound or syllable in fluent speech, as for example in the pronunciation of library as (ˈlaɪbrɪ)

Derived forms of haplology

  • haplologic (ˌhæpləˈlɒdʒɪk), adjective

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