sigmatism [sig-muh-tiz-uh m] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. defective pronunciation of sibilant sounds.

Origin of sigmatism 1885–90; Greek sigmat-, stem of sígma sigma + -ism Examples from the Web for sigmatism Historical Examples of sigmatism

  • Sigmatism and parasigmatism and paralambdacism are strongly marked.

    The Mind of the Child, Part II

    W. Preyer

  • Word Origin and History for sigmatism n.

    1888, “difficulty in pronouncing ‘S,'” from comb. form of sigma + -ism. As “use or recurrence of ‘S'” from 1889.

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