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See also: explétive
- Serving to fill up, merely for effect, otherwise redundant.
- Expletive imagery.
- Expletive phrases to plump his speech.
- Marked by expletives (phrase-fillers).
serving to fill up
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|Examples (syntactic filler)|
It is snowing.
I'll give you a bloody good hiding
expletive (plural expletives)
- A profane, vulgar term, notably a curse or obscene oath.
- (linguistics) A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position.
- (linguistics) A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning; an intensifier.
profane, vulgar term
word added to fill a syntactic position
- Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967