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[fon-ik, foh-nik]
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  1. of or relating to speech sounds.
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Origin of phonic

First recorded in 1815–25; phon- + -ic
Related formsphon·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Their greatest contribution to education is the phonic method of spelling.

    History of Education

    Levi Seeley

  • How was a glyphic comparison of the phonic symbols of both languages made in substantiation of the oral comparison?


    James Joyce

  • Economy of utterance has had to do with the phonic constitution of words; economy of thought has developed the sentence.

  • Meaning does not adhere to the phonic presentation of thought, while it does to signs.

  • As far as possible let the words for phonic drill be those that will occur in the new reading lessons.

    How to Teach Phonics

    Lida M. Williams

Word Origin and History for phonic


"pertaining to sound," 1793, from Greek phone "voice" (see fame (n.)) + -ic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

phonic in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or having the nature of sound, especially speech sounds.
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