shwa [shwah] noun
schwa or shwa [shwah] noun Phonetics.
- the mid-central, neutral vowel sound typically occurring in unstressed syllables in English, however spelled, as the sound of a in alone and sofa, e in system, i in easily, o in gallop, u in circus.
- the phonetic symbol ə, used to represent this sound.
Origin of schwa 1890–95; German Hebrew shəwā, name of a diacritic marking schwa or no vowel British Dictionary definitions for shwa shwa noun
- a variant spelling of schwa
schwa shwa noun
- a central vowel represented in the International Phonetic Alphabet by (ə). The sound occurs in unstressed syllables in English, as in around, mother, and sofa
- the symbol (ə) used to represent this sound
Word Origin for schwa C19: via German from Hebrew shewā, a diacritic indicating lack of a vowel sound Word Origin and History for shwa schwa n.
1895, from German Schwa, ultimately from Hebrew shewa “a neutral vowel quality,” literally “emptiness.”