[ si-lab-uh-fahy ]
/ sɪˈlæb əˌfaɪ /

verb (used with object), syl·lab·i·fied, syl·lab·i·fy·ing.

to form or divide into syllables.

Origin of syllabify

From the New Latin word syllabificāre, dating back to 1860–65. See syllable, -ify

Related forms

syl·lab·i·fi·ca·tion, nounmis·syl·lab·i·fi·ca·tion, nounmis·syl·lab·i·fy, verb (used with object), mis·syl·lab·i·fied, mis·syl·lab·i·fy·ing.un·syl·lab·i·fied, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for syllabification

  • His attention is called to syllabification as well as to diacritical marks.

    How to Teach Phonics|Lida M. Williams
  • Madmen are of some nation, and their language, however incoherent in its words, has always the coherence of syllabification.

  • As such they are the carriers of practically all significant differences in stress, pitch, and syllabification.

    Language|Edward Sapir
  • What he said was unintelligible, but words were uttered; the syllabification was distinct.

British Dictionary definitions for syllabification



/ (sɪˈlæbɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying, -fied, -cates, -cating or -cated

(tr) to divide (a word) into its constituent syllables

Derived Forms

syllabification or syllabication, noun
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