Definition of haplology in English:


Syllabification: hap·lol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /hapˈläləjē


  • The omission of an occurrence of a sound or syllable that is repeated within a word, e.g., in probly for probably.
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    • After all, it's hard to see how un - could be plausibly reanalyzed as a mere intensifier; more likely this is an idiosyncratic sort of haplology, where the form unpacked stands in for ununpacked.
    • A nice irony is that haplology is just the sort of word to which haplology happens…
    • It all depends which side of the pond one happens to be on: Britons accuse Americans of haplology while the latter believe it is the former who are committing epenthesis.


late 19th century: from Greek haploos 'single' + -logy.

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