- 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
Examples from the Web for lisped
Historical Examples of lisped
"A celebrated German writer," lisped the modest Miss Macdonald.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
"The Duke shall be informed of the value of your learning," lisped the Cardinal.The Strolling Saint
"Just to see the cedars, or Clorinda's grotto," lisped out a female voice.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
"I vote that we are all Tyrolese peasanths," lisped the fat and dumpy Mrs. Malone.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
"Buonos noches," lisped out Margeritta, with a slight curtsy.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (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
Word Origin for lisp
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Word Origin 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.