- (of a speech sound) characterized by audible friction produced by forcing the breath through a constricted or partially obstructed passage in the vocal tract; spirantal; spirant.
- Also called . a fricative consonant, as (th), (v), or (h).
- a continuant consonant produced by partial occlusion of the airstream, such as (f) or (z)
- relating to or denoting a fricative
1860 (adj.), 1863 (n.), from Modern Latin fricativus, from Latin fricatus, past participle of fricare “to rub” (see ).