diphthongal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

diphthong +‎ -al

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪfˈθɔŋɡəl/
  • Hyphenation: diph‧thong‧al

Adjective[edit]

diphthongal (not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to or characterized by a diphthong.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, Penguin, 1981, Chapter 56, p. 456,
      ‘This,’ the colonel said [] ‘is a lampshade. It looks like an ordinary lampshade. It was taken from the bedside lamp of Frau Koch. It’s genuine human skin.’ It sounded more gruesome spoken in his diphthongal southern manner—skee-ern.