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verb (used without object) Phonetics.
  1. to make imperfect l- or r-sounds, or both, often by substituting a w-like sound for r or l or a y-like sound for l.
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Origin of lall

1875–80; imitative; see lallation
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Examples from the Web for lalling

Historical Examples

  • And now he knew, and smiled: the babble of that lalling tongue was dumb.

    The Lord of the Sea

    M. P. Shiel

  • In a minute the call was anew heard, lalling nearer now; and now Jan pulled up short.

    The Last Miracle

    M. P. Shiel

lalling in Medicine


  1. A form of stammering in which the speech is almost unintelligible.
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