holophrastic [hol-uh-fras-tik, hoh-luh-] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence.
- characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic: a holophrastic language.
Origin of holophrastic 1855–60;+ -phrastic; see Examples from the Web for holophrastic Historical Examples of holophrastic
Holophrastic, hol-o-fras′tik, adj. bearing the force of a whole phrase, expressive of a sentence or an idea.
British Dictionary definitions for holophrastic holophrastic adjective
- denoting the stage in a child’s acquisition of syntax when most utterances are single words
- (of languages) tending to express in one word what would be expressed in several words in other languages; polysynthetic
Word Origin for holophrastic C19: from holo- + Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express Word Origin and History for holophrastic adj.
1837, from+ Greek phrastikos, from phrazein “to indicate, tell, express” (see (n.)).