[ par-uh-goh-jee ]
/ ˌpær əˈgoʊ dʒi /


the addition of a sound or group of sounds at the end of a word, as in the nonstandard pronunciation of height as height-th or once as once-t.

Origin of paragoge

1650–60; < Late Latin paragōgē addition to a word, lengthening of a word < Greek paragōgḗ a leading by, alteration, change, derivative of parágein to lead by, past. See para-1, -agogue

Related forms

par·a·gog·ic [par-uh-goj-ik] /ˌpær əˈgɒdʒ ɪk/, par·a·gog·i·cal, adjectivepar·a·gog·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for paragoge


paragogue (ˈpærəˌɡɒɡ)

/ (ˌpærəˈɡəʊdʒɪ) /


the addition of a sound or a syllable to the end of a word, such as st in amongst

Derived Forms

paragogic (ˌpærəˈɡɒdʒɪk) or paragogical, adjectiveparagogically, adverb

Word Origin for paragoge

C17: via Late Latin from Greek paragōgē an alteration, ultimately from paragein to lead past, change
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