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Webster 1913 Edition


Lisp

Lisp

(lĭsp)
,
Verb.
I.
[
imp. & p. p.
Lisped
(lĭspt)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Lisping
.]
[OE.
lispen
,
lipsen
, AS.
wlisp
stammering, lisping; akin to D. & OHG.
lispen
to lisp, G.
lispeln
, Sw.
läspa
, Dan.
lespe
.]
1.
To pronounce the sibilant letter s imperfectly; to give s and z the sound of th; – a defect common among children.
2.
To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, as a child learning to talk.
As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame,
I
lisped
in numbers, for the numbers came.
Pope.
3.
To speak hesitatingly with a low voice, as if afraid.
Lest when my
lisping
, guilty tongue should halt.
Drayton.

Lisp

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To pronounce with a lisp.
2.
To utter with imperfect articulation; to express with words pronounced imperfectly or indistinctly, as a child speaks; hence, to express by the use of simple, childlike language.
To speak unto them after their own capacity, and to
lisp
the words unto them according as the babes and children of that age might sound them again.
Tyndale.
3.
To speak with reserve or concealment; to utter timidly or confidentially;
as, to
lisp
treason
.

Lisp

,
Noun.
The habit or act of lisping. See
Lisp
,
Verb.
I.
, 1.
I overheard her answer, with a very pretty
lisp
, “O! Strephon, you are a dangerous creature.”
Tatler.

Webster 1828 Edition


Lisp

LISP

, v.i.
To speak with a particular articulation of the tongue and teeth, nearly as in pronouncing th. Lisping is particularly noticed in uttering th for s, as yeth for yes. It is most common in children.
I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came.

LISP

,
Verb.
T.
To pronounce with a lisp; as, she lisped a few words.

LISP

,
Noun.
The act of lisping, as in uttering an aspirated th for s.

Definition 2023


Lisp

Lisp

See also: LISP and lisp

English

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Proper noun

Lisp

  1. A functional programming language with a distinctive parenthesized syntax, much used in artificial intelligence.

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lisp

lisp

See also: Lisp and LISP

English

Alternative forms

  • lipsey
  • lithp (humorous)

Noun

lisp (plural lisps)

  1. The habit or an act of lisping.
    He used to have a terrible lisp before going to a speech therapist.
    It's common for children to speak with a lisp.

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Verb

lisp (third-person singular simple present lisps, present participle lisping, simple past and past participle lisped)

  1. To pronounce the consonant ‘s’ imperfectly; to give ‘s’ and ‘z’ the sounds of ‘th’ (/θ /ð/). This is a speech impediment common among children.
  2. To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, such as a child learning to talk.
    • Alexander Pope
      As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, / I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came.
  3. (archaic) To speak hesitatingly and with a low voice, as if afraid.
    • Drayton
      Lest when my lisping, guilty tongue should halt.
  4. (archaic) to express by the use of simple, childlike language.
    • Tyndale
      to speak unto them after their own capacity, and to lisp words unto them according as the babes and children of that age might sound them again
  5. (archaic) To speak with reserve or concealment; to utter timidly or confidentially.
    to lisp treason

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