sigmatism

[sig-muh-tiz-uh m]
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noun

defective pronunciation of sibilant sounds.

Nearby words

  1. sigma baryon,
  2. sigma factor,
  3. sigma particle,
  4. sigmate,
  5. sigmation,
  6. sigmoid,
  7. sigmoid artery,
  8. sigmoid colon,
  9. sigmoid flexure,
  10. sigmoid sinus

Origin of sigmatism

1885–90; < Greek sigmat-, stem of sígma sigma + -ism

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Word Origin and History for sigmatism

sigmatism

n.

1888, "difficulty in pronouncing 'S,'" from comb. form of sigma + -ism. As "use or recurrence of 'S'" from 1889.

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