Definition of Asperger's syndrome in English:

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Asperger's syndrome

Pronunciation: /ˈaspəːɡəz ˌsɪndrəʊm/
/ˈaspəːdʒəz ˌsɪndrəʊm/
(also Asperger syndrome)


[mass noun]
A developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.
Example sentences
  • We reviewed them for evidence of the spectrum of autistic disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.
  • The definition of autism changed in 1994 to include milder forms of the disorder, such as Asperger's syndrome, in which children lack social skills but are often highly verbal.
  • The affliction has also been likened to Asperger's syndrome, a mild variant of autism.


Named after Hans Asperger (1906–80), the Austrian psychiatrist who described the condition in 1944.

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