how to pronounce gridlock


audio example by a male speaker

audio example by a female speaker

the above transcription of gridlock is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

gridlock is pronounced in two syllables

press buttons with phonetic symbols to learn how to precisely pronounce each sound of gridlock

example pitch curve for pronunciation of gridlock


test your pronunciation of gridlock

press the "test" button to check how closely you can replicate the pitch of a native speaker in your pronunciation of gridlock

video examples of gridlock pronunciation

An example use of gridlock in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… of gridlock in DC but just because the …”

meanings of gridlock


  1. On a smaller scale: the situation in which cars enter a signal-controlled intersection too late during the green light cycle, and are unable to clear the intersection (due to congestion in the next block) when the light turns red, thus blocking the cross traffic when it's their turn to go. Repeated at enough intersections, this phenomenon can lead to citywide gridlock.
  2. Any paralysis of a complex system due to severe congestion, conflict, or deadlock.
  3. A condition of total, interlocking traffic congestion on the streets or highways of a crowded city, in which no one can move because everyone is in someone else's way.


  1. To cause traffic congestion.

gridlock frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word gridlock occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics gridlock can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that gridlock can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to gridlock


Did this page help you?