- 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 ).
Origin of lisp
OTHER WORDS FROM lisplisp·er, nounlisp·ing·ly, adverbun·lisp·ing, adjective
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Origin of LISP
How to use lisp in a sentence
Winceworth was hired by Swansby’s because he pretends that he has a lisp.‘Liar’s Dictionary’ a fab, queer tale for lovers of language|Kathi Wolfe|January 29, 2021|Washington Blade
Maybe you like precious schoolchildren lisping loyalty oaths to government programs more than I do.Liberals Shouldn’t Defend FDR’s Attacks on the Court|Megan McArdle|June 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, it had become the fashion among the Haugians of the west country to speak in a soft, lisping tone.Skipper Worse|Alexander Lange Kielland
Then the brook entered the pines, lisping a secret as it went, and I followed it into their cool hush.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
Gerbault and Gane were given to conversation in undertones, and Bailey pursued mysterious purposes in lisping whispers.The New Machiavelli|Herbert George Wells
Even baby Henry at two was lisping the prayers that Sam would let go by default unless carefully guarded.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap.Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865|Abraham Lincoln