expletive
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɪkˈspliːtɪv/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛksplətɪv/
Adjective

expletive

  1. Serving to fill up, merely for effect, otherwise redundant.
    Synonyms: expletory
  2. Marked by expletives (phrase-fillers).
Translations Translations
  • Italian: espletivo
Noun

expletive (plural expletives)

  1. A profane, vulgar term, notably a curse or obscene oath.
    Synonyms: swear word, oath
    If we don't take advantage of any [expletive] in any way, then it's our loss.
  2. (linguistics) A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position.
  3. (linguistics) A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning.
    Synonyms: intensifier
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