rising diphthong


noun Phonetics.

a diphthong in which the first of two apparent vocalic elements is of lesser stress or sonority than the second, as the (wä) in guava [gwah-vuh] /ˈgwɑ və/.

Nearby words

  1. risibility,
  2. risible,
  3. rising,
  4. rising action,
  5. rising damp,
  6. rising hinge,
  7. rising rhythm,
  8. rising sign,
  9. rising trot,
  10. risk


Origin of rising diphthong

First recorded in 1885–90

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