- Also spi·ran·tal [spahy-ran-tl] /spaɪˈræn tl/. fricative.
Origin of spirant
Related Words for spirantclick, consonant, liquid, phone, sonant, affricate, diphthong, fricative, implosive, plosive, sibilant, spirant, syllable, vocable
Examples from the Web for spirant
Historical Examples of spirant
In twien b 210 from twiga the spirant has disappeared, as in monie b 168.
When the lips are not tightly closed the sound produced is not a stop, but a spirant like the English w.
Spirant, spī′rant, n. a consonant which is fricative or continuable—opp.
Spirant, v like the ou in French oui, but later approximating to the w heard in some parts of Germany, Ed.
- phonetics another word for fricative
- a fricative consonant
Word Origin for spirant
breathy consonant, 1862, from Latin spirans (genitive spirantis), present participle of spirare "to breathe, blow" (see spirit (n.)).