tongue twister

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noun

a word or sequence of words difficult to pronounce, especially rapidly, because of alliteration or a slight variation of consonant sounds, as “She sells seashells by the seashore.”

Nearby words

  1. tongue hangs out, one's,
  2. tongue in cheek, with,
  3. tongue river,
  4. tongue sole,
  5. tongue thrust,
  6. tongue worm,
  7. tongue-and-groove joint,
  8. tongue-in-cheek,
  9. tongue-lash,
  10. tongue-lashing

Origin of tongue twister

First recorded in 1895–1900

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Examples from the Web for tongue twister

  • How was this for a tongue-twister—say five hundred and fifty-five francs in French!

    Jimmie Higgins|Upton Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for tongue twister

tongue twister

noun

a sentence or phrase that is difficult to articulate clearly and quickly, such as Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper
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