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re- + duplication
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪ.djuː.plɪ.ˈkeɪ.ʃən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɹəˌd(j)u.plə.ˈkeɪ.ʃən/, /ɹi-/, /ɹɪ-/, /-plɪ-/, /-ʃɪn/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
reduplication (countable and uncountable, plural reduplications)
- (linguistics) The act of, or an instance of, reduplicating.
- 1958, Anthony Burgess, The Enemy in the Blanket (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 256:
- Her Malay was the Malay of the Staate of Lanchap [...] and she spoke it fierily, with crisp glottal checks, with much bubbling reduplication.
- 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, →DOI, page 10:
- Grammatically, Malay uses reduplication for plurals (burung = bird, burung-burung = birds) and thus repeated words are commonly heard in Malay speech[.]
- (anatomy) The folding or doubling of a part or organ.
Here are examples of reduplication in English:
|bye-bye, choo-choo, night night, no-no, pee-pee, poo-poo, etc.|
|bric-a-brac, chit-chat, criss-cross, kitty-cat, knick-knack, jibber-jabber, splish-splash, zig-zag, sing-song, etc.|
|claptrap, hokey-pokey, honey bunny, razzle-dazzle, slim jim, super-duper, teeny-weeny, wingding, etc.|
the act of, or an instance of, reduplication