the systematic articulation of s and z in a forward, dental position, like th-sounds, as a manifestation of a speech disorder or a stylistic affectation.
any unconventional articulation of the sibilants, as the pronunciation of s and z with the tongue between the teeth (lingual protrusion lisp ), close to or touching the upper front teeth (dental lisp ), or raised so that the breath is emitted laterally (lateral lisp ).
the act, habit, or sound of lisping.
to pronounce or speak with a lisp.
to speak imperfectly, especially in a childish manner.
- lisp·er, noun
- lisp·ing·ly, adverb
- un·lisp·ing, adjective
Other definitions for LISP (2 of 2)
a high-level programming language that processes data in the form of lists: widely used in artificial intelligence applications.
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How to use lisp in a sentence
He speaks German with a slight lisp, his tongue spilling out of his mouth, so much does he have to tell.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ | Jimmy So | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
His arms are covered in tattoos, and he speaks with a bit of a lisp—a remnant, he says, of his California upbringing.Hunter Moore, Creator of ‘Revenge Porn’ Website Is Anyone Up?, Is the Internet’s Public Enemy No. 1 | Marlow Stern | March 13, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Toddlerspeak: the lisp that launched a thousand Facebook updates.
Fortunately there are no brilliant sayings to record; he did not lisp in periods.Washington Irving | Henry W. Boynton
In fact, to people who lisp and pronounce their esses as though they were teeaitches, it's quite the same.In Camp With A Tin Soldier | John Kendrick Bangs
She watched the growth of her daughter, who was already beginning to lisp a few words which only a mother could understand.Brother Jacques (Novels of Paul de Kock, Volume XVII) | Charles Paul de Kock
And our thanks and tribute to the shade of "Mother Goose," beloved nurse of all who lisp the English tongue.Pinafore Palace | Various
He was a fair-faced, blue-eyed young man, very shortsighted, with a faint lisp and an effeminate air.Paul Gosslett's Confessions in Love, Law, and The Civil Service | Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for lisp (1 of 2)
the articulation of s and z like or nearly like the th sounds in English thin and then respectively
the habit or speech defect of pronouncing s and z in this manner
the sound of a lisp in pronunciation
to use a lisp in the pronunciation of (speech)
to speak or pronounce imperfectly or haltingly
- lisper, noun
- lisping, adjective, noun
- lispingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for LISP (2 of 2)
a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
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