transferred sense

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


Alternative forms[edit]

  • transf. (lexicographic abbreviation)


transferred sense (plural transferred senses)

  1. A (usually looser) meaning of a word or phrase developed from a metaphoric application of its original signification (for example, hunger has the primary and original sense “want of food”, “craving appetite”; whence developed the transferred sense of “any strong desire or craving”).