tongue twister
noun Date: 1904 a word, phrase, or sentence difficult to articulate because of a succession of similar consonantal sounds (as in “twin-screw steel cruiser”)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • tongue-twister — tongueˈ twister noun A formula or sequence of words difficult to pronounce without blundering • • • Main Entry: ↑tongue * * * ˈtongue twister f10 [tongue twister tongue twisters] noun a word or phrase that is difficult to say quickly or c …   Useful english dictionary

  • tongue-twister — tongue twisters also tongue twister N COUNT A tongue twister is a sentence or expression which is very difficult to say properly, especially when you try to say it quickly. An example of a tongue twister is Red leather, yellow leather …   English dictionary

  • tongue twister — tongue .twister n a word or phrase that is difficult to say quickly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tongue twister — tongue ,twister noun count a word or phrase that is difficult to say because it contains many difficult sounds, especially ones that are very similar …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • tongue-twister — ► NOUN ▪ a sequence of words that are difficult to pronounce quickly and correctly …   English terms dictionary

  • tongue twister — n. a phrase or sentence that is hard to say fast, usually because of alliteration or a sequence of nearly similar sounds (Ex.: six sick sheiks) …   English World dictionary

  • Tongue-twister — A tongue twister is a phrase that is designed to be difficult to articulate properly. Tongue twisters may rely on similar but distinct phonemes (e.g., s IPA| [s] and sh IPA| [ʃ] ), unfamiliar constructs in loanwords, or other features of a… …   Wikipedia

  • tongue twister — noun an expression that is difficult to articulate clearly (Freq. 1) rubber baby buggy bumper is a tongue twister • Hypernyms: ↑saying, ↑expression, ↑locution * * * noun : a word, phrase, or sentence difficult to articulate readily because of a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tongue twister — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms tongue twister : singular tongue twister plural tongue twisters a word or phrase that is difficult to say because it contains many difficult sounds, especially ones that are very similar …   English dictionary

  • tongue twister — {n.} A word or group of words difficult to pronounce whose meaning is irrelevant compared to the difficulty of enunciation. * / She sells sea shells by the seashore is a popular American tongue twister./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • tongue twister — {n.} A word or group of words difficult to pronounce whose meaning is irrelevant compared to the difficulty of enunciation. * / She sells sea shells by the seashore is a popular American tongue twister./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

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