how to pronounce lisp


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the above transcription of lisp 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.

lisp is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of lisp in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… spoke with a lisp that made it hard to …”

meanings of lisp


  1. To express by the use of simple, childlike language.
  2. To pronounce the consonant ‘s' imperfectly; to give ‘s' and ‘z' the sounds of ‘th' (/θ/, /ð/). This is a speech impediment common among children.
  3. To speak hesitatingly and with a low voice, as if afraid.
  4. To speak with reserve or concealment; to utter timidly or confidentially.
  5. To speak with imperfect articulation; to mispronounce, such as a child learning to talk.


  1. Alternative spelling of Lisp.
  2. A functional programming language with a distinctive parenthesized syntax, much used in artificial intelligence.


  1. The habit or an act of lisping.

lisp frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word lisp occurs in english on average 0.6 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 lisp 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 lisp can be often used in the following areas:

1) education, science, and technology;

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