nonsense syllable


noun Psychology.

any of numerous letter combinations without meaning, used in learning experiments.

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Origin of nonsense syllable

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for nonsense syllable

nonsense syllable

noun

psychol a syllable, like bik, having no meaning. Lists of such syllables have been used to investigate memory and learning
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