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From Middle English lispen, lipsen, wlispen, from Old English *wlispian (attested in āwlyspian ‎(to lisp)), from Old English wlisp, wlips ‎(stammering, lisping, adj), from Proto-Germanic *wlispaz ‎(lisping), from Proto-Indo-European *wlis-, *wleys- ‎(rod), from *wel- ‎(to turn, roll). Cognate with Middle Low German wlispen ‎(to lisp), Dutch lispen ‎(to lisp), German lispeln ‎(to lisp), Danish lespe ‎(to lisp), Swedish läspa ‎(to lisp).



lisp ‎(plural lisps)

  1. The habit or an act of lisping.



lisp ‎(third-person singular simple present lisps, present participle lisping, simple past and past participle lisped)

  1. To pronounce the sibilant letter ‘s’ imperfectly; to give ‘s’ and ‘z’ the sounds of ‘th’ (/θ /ð/) — a defect common amongst children.
  2. To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, as a child learning to talk.
    • Alexander Pope
      As yet a child, nor yet a fool to fame, / I lisped in numbers, for the numbers came.
  3. To speak hesitatingly and with a low voice, as if afraid.
    • Drayton
      Lest when my lisping, guilty tongue should halt.
  4. To utter with imperfect articulation; to express with words pronounced imperfectly or indistinctly, as a child speaks; hence, to express by the use of simple, childlike language.
    • Tyndale
      to speak unto them after their own capacity, and to lisp words unto them according as the babes and children of that age might sound them again
  5. To speak with reserve or concealment; to utter timidly or confidentially.
    to lisp treason


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