disfluency

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

dis- +‎ fluency

Noun[edit]

disfluency (countable and uncountable, plural disfluencies)

  1. Lack of fluency in speech; any of various breaks, irregularities, and non-lexical vocables that occur within otherwise fluent speech.
    • 2007 August 24, William Grimes, “Uh, Lead My Rips: No More Bloopers”, New York Times:
      To the long list of everyday afflictions that includes dry, itchy skin and restless leg syndrome, add another: speech disfluency.

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