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intrusive r

noun Phonetics.

linking r(def 2).


Intrusive vs. ObtrusiveThe meanings and sounds of both words are close enough that it can be easy to confuse them. Some thesauruses present the words as synonyms, but there are a few subtle distinctions between them.

Nearby words

intrude, intruder, intruder in the dust, intrusion, intrusive, intrusive r, intrusively, intrust, intubate, intuc, intuit

Definition for intrusive-r (2 of 2)

linking r

noun Phonetics.

the r-sound as reintroduced into an utterance where there is an r in the spelling by speakers of an r-dropping dialect when a postvocalic r they would normally drop, as in the pronunciation of far as [fah] /fɑ/, becomes intervocalic, as in far away pronounced as [fahr-uh-wey] /ˈfɑr əˈweɪ/.
Also called intrusive r. the r-sound as inserted analogously by speakers of an r-dropping dialect between vowels where there is no corresponding r in the spelling, as in the pronunciation of Cuba is as [kyoo-buh-riz] /ˈkyu bə rɪz/.

Origin of linking r

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019