[ foh-nuhs-thee-mik ]

  1. (of a speech sound) shared by a set of echoic or symbolic words, as the sn- of sneer, snarl, snatch, snide, snitch, snoop, etc.

Origin of phonesthemic

phonestheme such a sound or group of sounds (coined by J. R. Firth in 1930; apparently phon- + (a)esth(etic) + -eme) + -ic

Words Nearby phonesthemic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024