[lap-suh s; Latin lahp-soo s]


a slip or lapse.

Nearby words

  1. lapse,
  2. lapse rate,
  3. lapsed,
  4. lapsible,
  5. lapstrake,
  6. lapsus calami,
  7. lapsus linguae,
  8. laptev sea,
  9. laptop,
  10. laptray

Origin of lapsus

1660–70; < Latin lāpsus; see lapse

lapsus calami

[lahp-soo s kah-lah-mee; English lap-suh s kal-uh-mahy, -mee]

noun Latin.

a slip of the pen.

lapsus linguae

[lahp-soo s ling-gwahy; English lap-suh s ling-gwee]

noun Latin.

a slip of the tongue. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lapsus


noun plural -sus

formal a lapse or error

Word Origin for lapsus

from Latin: lapse

lapsus linguae


a slip of the tongue

Word Origin for lapsus linguae


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