phonics

[ fon-iks or for 2, foh-niks ]
/ ˈfɒn ɪks or for 2, ˈfoʊ nɪks /
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noun (used with a singular verb)

a method of teaching reading and spelling based upon the phonetic interpretation of ordinary spelling.
Obsolete. phonetics.

Nearby words

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

Origin of phonics

First recorded in 1675–85; phon- + -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for phonics

phonics

/ (ˈfɒnɪks) /

noun (functioning as singular)

an obsolete name for acoustics (def. 1)
a method of teaching people to read by training them to associate letters with their phonetic values
Derived Formsphonic, adjectivephonically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for phonics

phonics

n.

1680s, "science of sound," from Greek phone "sound" (see fame (n.)) + -ics. As a method of teaching reading it is first attested 1908, though the system dates from 1844.

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