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lisp

[lisp] /lɪsp/
noun
1.
a speech defect consisting in pronouncing s and z like or nearly like the th- sounds of thin and this, respectively.
2.
Phonetics. any unconventional articulation of the sibilants, as the pronunciation of s and z with the tongue between the teeth (lingual protrusion lisp) close to or touching the upper front teeth (dental lisp) or raised so that the breath is emitted laterally (lateral lisp)
3.
the act, habit, or sound of lisping.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
4.
to pronounce or speak with a lisp.
5.
to speak imperfectly, especially in a childish manner.
Origin of lisp
1100
before 1100; Middle English wlispen, lipsen, Old English āwlyspian; akin to Dutch lisp(el)en, German lispeln, Norwegian leipsa
Related forms
lisper, noun
lispingly, adverb
unlisping, adjective
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Examples from the Web for lisping
Historical Examples
  • "I will keep faith with you, good fairy," he said, lisping out the words between tongue and teeth.

    Old Farm Fairies: Henry Christopher McCook
  • When the lisping lips of my young child asked me, "Papa, who made me?"

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Justus began to ask where was grandpapa, and Laury repeated his question like a lisping echo.

  • He had then, the defects of lisping and stammering which we, often turned into ridicule.

  • Glory noticed that two of these women, who were grimacing and lisping, had spoken to a man who was also lounging about.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "Say 'Our Father,'" he used to demand of the lisping infant when he had her alone with him.

    Jennie Gerhardt Theodore Dreiser
  • Is it for this that with expense and pains we form their lisping infant accents to the language of France?

  • If it did, I should be lisping "husband, husband, husband" from cock-crow to owl's cry.

  • The lisping infant races of this Earth, when will they learn to pronounce thy name entire?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • When they returned the child offered me the bowl, lisping in a charming manner.

    Lost Diaries Maurice Baring
British Dictionary definitions for lisping

lisp

/lɪsp/
noun
1.
the articulation of s and z like or nearly like the th sounds in English thin and then respectively
2.
the habit or speech defect of pronouncing s and z in this manner
3.
the sound of a lisp in pronunciation
verb
4.
to use a lisp in the pronunciation of (speech)
5.
to speak or pronounce imperfectly or haltingly
Derived Forms
lisper, noun
lisping, adjective, noun
lispingly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English āwlispian, from wlisp lisping (adj), of imitative origin; related to Old High German lispen

LISP

/lɪsp/
noun
1.
a high-level computer-programming language suitable for work in artificial intelligence
Word Origin
C20: from lis(t) p(rocessing)
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Word Origin and History for lisping

lisp

v.

late Old English awlyspian "to lisp," from wlisp (adj.) "lisping," probably of imitative origin (cf. Middle Dutch, Old High German lispen, Danish læspe, Swedish läspa). Related: Lisped; lisping.

n.

1620s, from lisp (v.).

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lisping in Medicine

lisp (lĭsp)
n.
A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th). v. lisped, lisp·ing, lisps
To speak with a lisp.

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Related Abbreviations for lisping

LISP

List Processing computer language
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