There are 2 main definitions of lisp in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

lisp1

Line breaks: lisp
Pronunciation: /lɪsp
 
/

noun

A speech defect in which s is pronounced like th in thick and z is pronounced like th in this: he spoke with a slight lisp
More example sentences
  • ‘His lisp was a natural speech impediment, but I think [the producers] were concerned over how it would be received,’ he says.
  • In fact he had a curiously dry - albeit pleasant - soft spoken voice that was more soothing than intimidating, and he even had a slight lisp.
  • Drew was missing his two front baby teeth and had possessed a slight lisp from birth, causing his s's to come out as th's.

verb

[no object] Back to top  
Speak with a lisp: she spoke softly, lisping slightly
More example sentences
  • ‘Man… dey get knock out,’ she lisped, seeing my surprise.
  • The inebriated man drew a sword and sloppily lisped out, ‘You embarrreshed me!’
  • Luckily, this hasn't happened in a long time and, therefore, I haven't lisped since eighth grade.

Origin

Old English wlispian (recorded in āwlyspian), from wlisp (adjective) 'lisping', of imitative origin; compare with Dutch lispen and German lispeln.

Derivatives

lisper

1
noun

lisping

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Afterwards one of them, a lisping seven-year-old by the name of Jimmy Poole, sidles up to him in his office and offers him a half-sucked gobstopper dug up from a fluff-filled corner of his pocket.
  • ‘I'm so sensitive,’ he says in a lisping comedy accent.
  • Freud, born into a secular Jewish family in Berlin in 1922, left Germany in the teeth of the gathering storm and talks in a lisping German accent after nearly 70 years in London.

lispingly

3
adverb

Words that rhyme with lisp

crisp, will-o'-the-wisp, wisp

Definition of lisp in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

There are 2 main definitions of lisp in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

Lisp2

Line breaks: Lisp
Pronunciation: /lɪsp
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
A high-level computer programming language devised for list processing.
Example sentences
  • Interestingly, they wrote their code primarily in Lisp, an artificial intelligence language most commonly used at universities.
  • A few programming languages - notably Lisp and its offspring - provide integers of unlimited size and exact rationals as built-in data types.
  • His interests also include hiking, amateur radio and programming in Lisp.

Origin

1950s: from lis(t) p(rocessor).

Definition of lisp in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.