• (RP) IPA: /pəˈkʌsɪv/
  • (GA) IPA: /pɚˈkʌsɪv/


  1. Characterized by percussion; caused by or related to the action of striking or pounding something.
    He massaged her shoulders with a gentle percussive action.
  2. (phonetics) Produced by strike#Verb|striking organs together, for example, smack#Verb|smacking the lip#Noun|lips or gnash#Verb|gnashing the teeth.
    • 2013, Nigel Hewlett, Janet Mackenzie Beck, An Introduction to the Science of Phonetics, Routledge (ISBN 9781136500039)
      Two additional, and much rarer, percussive articulations are represented by symbols in the extIPA chart. Their exclusion from the main IPA chart is an indication that they do not seem to occur as typical forms of adult speech in any part of the world, although they may have some communicative function. The symbol, [ʬ], is used to transcribe a bilabial percussive sound, which might be described in lay terms as lip-smacking.
Translations Noun

percussive (plural percussives)

  1. (phonetics) A percussive phone.
    • 2014, Martin J. Ball, Nicole Muller, Phonetics for Communication Disorders, Psychology Press (ISBN 9781317777946)
      Percussives are articulations where two rigid or semirigid articulators are struck against each other to produce a short, sharp sound.
  • Spanish: (adj.) percusivo

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