[lap-suh s; Latin lahp-soo s]
- a slip or lapse.
Origin of lapsus
1660–70; < Latin lāpsus; see lapse
[lahp-soo s kah-lah-mee; English lap-suh s kal-uh-mahy, -mee]
- a slip of the pen.
[lahp-soo s ling-gwahy; English lap-suh s ling-gwee]
- a slip of the tongue.
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Examples from the Web for lapsus
When the "accident" occurred, he exclaimed: "That's a lapsus lingu."Humorous Hits and How to Hold an Audience
I grant that you are right, my cunning Wolf, it was a lapsus.Old Fritz and the New Era
It was a 'lapsus natur;' I only follow out the hint, and complete the intention.Real Folks
Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Even a lapsus linguae, "you uns," was unmistakable amidst the high-flown periods.The Raid of The Guerilla and Other Stories
Charles Egbert Craddock
The artist is a sort of impassioned proof-reader, blue-pencilling the lapsus calami of God.Damn!
Henry Louis Mencken
- formal a lapse or error
from Latin: lapse
- a slip of the tongue