[lap-suh s; Latin lahp-soo s]


a slip or lapse.

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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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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