a speech defect consisting in pronouncing s and z like or nearly like the th-sounds of thin and this, respectively.
Phonetics. 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.
verb (used with or without object)
to pronounce or speak with a lisp.
to speak imperfectly, especially in a childish manner.
Origin of lisp
before 1100; Middle English wlispen, lipsen, Old English āwlyspian; akin to Dutch lisp(el)en, German lispeln, Norwegian leipsaRelated formslisp·er, nounlisp·ing·ly, adverbun·lisp·ing, adjective
a high-level programming language that processes data in the form of lists: widely used in artificial intelligence applications.
Origin of LISP
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Like Josephine's lisp, it is a defect that serves for a distinction.
He78 has a lisp when he talks too, and that makes him seem cuter'n ever.
She can aid it to lisp the first accents of its native tongue.
"There ith, too," she chuckled, her lisp getting the better of her.
We cannot, of course, convey the slightest idea of the infantine Eskimo lisp.
British Dictionary definitions for lisp
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
Derived Formslisper, nounlisping, adjective, nounlispingly, adverb
to use a lisp in the pronunciation of (speech)
to speak or pronounce imperfectly or haltingly
Word Origin for lisp
Old English āwlispian, from wlisp lisping (adj), of imitative origin; related to Old High German lispen
a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
Word Origin for LISP
C20: from lis (t) p (rocessing)
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Word Origin and History for lisp
late Old English awlyspian "to lisp," from wlisp (adj.) "lisping," probably of imitative origin (cf. Middle Dutch, Old High German lispen, Danish læspe, Swedish läspa). Related: Lisped; lisping.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th).
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