lisp (plural lisps)
- 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.
- French: zézaiement, zozotement, susseyement, sesseyement
- German: Lispelei
- Italian: zeppola, lisca, esse moscia, pronuncia blesa
- Portuguese: sigmatismo, ceceio
- Russian: шепеля́вость
- Spanish: ceceo, balbuceo
lisp (lisps, present participle lisping; past and past participle lisped)
- To pronounce the consonant ‘s’ imperfectly; to give ‘s’ and ‘z’ the sounds of ‘th’ (IPAchar /θ/). This is a speech impediment common among children.
- To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, such as a child learning to talk.
- 1735, [Alexander] Pope, An Epistle from Mr. Pope, to Dr. Arbuthnot, London; Dublin: Re-printed by George Faulkner, bookseller, […], OCLC 6363280 ↗:
- As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, / I lisp'd in numbers, for the numbers came.
- (archaic) To speak hesitatingly and with a low voice, as if afraid.
- Lest when my lisping, guilty tongue should halt.
- (archaic) to express by the use of simple, childlike language.
- 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
- (archaic) To speak with reserve or concealment; to utter timidly or confidentially.
- to lisp treason
- 1859, Ferna Vale, Natalie; or, A Gem Among the Sea-Weeds
- "You have done well, sir," said Delwood, calmly, as he placed double the amount of Mrs. Santon's bribe in the Signor's hand; "you have done well, sir; and mark my words,—gold can never relieve a guilty conscience! Go, sir, and see that you lisp not a syllable of this to any one."
- French: zozoter, zézayer, susseyer
- German: lispeln, zuzeln
- Italian: parlare con la zeppola, parlare con la lisca, parlare con la esse moscia, essere bleso
- Portuguese: cecear
- Russian: шепеля́вить
- Spanish: cecear
- Italian: biascicare
- Spanish: balbucear
- Italian: sussurrare
- Spanish: balbucear
- A functional programming language with a distinctive parenthesized syntax, much used in artificial intelligence.
- Alternative spelling of Lisp