[ proh-klit-ik ]
/ proʊˈklɪt ɪk /


(of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.


a proclitic word.

Origin of proclitic

1840–50; < New Latin proclīticus; modeled on enclitic; see pro-2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for proclitic

/ (prəʊˈklɪtɪk) /


  1. relating to or denoting a monosyllabic word or form having no stress or accent and pronounced as a prefix of the following word, as in English 't for it in 'twas
  2. (in classical Greek) relating to or denoting a word that throws its accent onto the following word


a proclitic word or form
Compare enclitic

Word Origin for proclitic

C19: from New Latin proclīticus, from Greek proklinein to lean forwards; formed on the model of enclitic
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