Definition of nonword in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnänˌwərd/


A group of letters or speech sounds that looks or sounds like a word but is not accepted as such by native speakers.
Example sentences
  • The task was simply to indicate if the last word was a word or a non-word.
  • About half the letter strings constitute valid words, which are randomly interspersed with non-words.
  • And who was the P.T. Barnum-like genius who fused the word Confederate with the non-word rama?

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Syllabification: non·word

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