[ fon-ik, foh-nik ]
/ ˈfɒn ɪk, ˈfoʊ nɪk /


of or relating to speech sounds.

Nearby words

  1. phonetics,
  2. phonetist,
  3. phonevision,
  4. phoney,
  5. phoniatrics,
  6. phonics,
  7. phono,
  8. phono plug,
  9. phono-,
  10. phonoangiography

Origin of phonic

First recorded in 1815–25; phon- + -ic

Related formsphon·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for phonic



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for phonic


[ fŏnĭk ]


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

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