- 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.
- to pronounce or speak with a lisp.
- to speak imperfectly, especially in a childish manner.
Origin of lisp
- a high-level programming language that processes data in the form of lists: widely used in artificial intelligence applications.
Origin of LISP
Examples from the Web for lisp
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
March 13, 2012
Toddlerspeak: the lisp that launched a thousand Facebook updates.Fatherhood Gets Hip
December 1, 2009
Like Josephine's lisp, it is a defect that serves for a distinction.The Fortunes Of Glencore
Charles James Lever
He78 has a lisp when he talks too, and that makes him seem cuter'n ever.Torchy
She can aid it to lisp the first accents of its native tongue.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
"There ith, too," she chuckled, her lisp getting the better of her.Christmas Eve at Swamp's End
We cannot, of course, convey the slightest idea of the infantine Eskimo lisp.Red Rooney
- 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
- a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
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.
1620s, from lisp (v.).
- A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th).
- To speak with a lisp.