[ tuh-mee-sis ]
/ təˈmi sɪs /


the interpolation of one or more words between the parts of a compound word, as be thou ware for beware.

Nearby words

tlr, tls, tlv, tm, tmc, tmesis, tmi, tmj, tmj syndrome, tml, tmo

Origin of tmesis

1580–90; < Late Latin tmēsis < Greek tmḗsis a cutting, equivalent to tmē- (variant stem of témnein to cut) + -sis -sis

Related forms

tmet·ic [tuh-met-ik] /təˈmɛt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tmesis


/ (təˈmiːsɪs, ˈmiːsɪs) /


interpolation of a word or group of words between the parts of a compound word

Word Origin for tmesis

C16: via Latin from Greek, literally: a cutting, from temnein to cut
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