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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Contraction of a word by the omission of one or more similar sounds or syllables in pronunciation.

Usage examples (4)
  • I'll take that "unsayable" in the sense of ugly, unpleasant, or disagreeable, and the phenomenon therefore as a common haplology.
  • He's saying that gingerly is, basically and traditionally, an adjective, and the adverbial use results as a haplology of the derived form gingerlyly.
  • As the Grandmaster of the Spoken Word, she was versed in many secret methods of power, including the bildungsroman form of twisting moral identities and the calculated use of...
  • Our language is full of lazy pronunciations - dropping syllables - so that the practice has a name: haplology. for more
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