sound symbolism

noun Linguistics.
a nonarbitrary connection between phonetic features of linguistic items and their meanings, as in the frequent occurrence of close vowels in words denoting smallness, as petite and teeny-weeny.

Origin:
1875–80

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sound symbolism
Explore Dictionary.com
Previous Definition: sound structure
Next Definition: sound system
Words Near: sound symbolism
More from Thesaurus.com
Synonyms and Antonyms for sound symbolism
More from Reference.com
Search for articles containing sound symbolism
More from Dictionary.com Translator
Dictionary.com Word FAQs

Dictionary.com presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Example sentences
And other languages have their own versions of sound symbolism.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature