Part of speech: noun

The act or habit of lisping.

Part of speech: verb

To speak with a lisp; pronounce s and z as th; speak imperfectly.

Part of speech: noun

A childish or timid utterance.

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Usage examples "lisp":

  1. The Landlord's tale was one of arms, Only a tale of love is mine, Blending the human and divine, A tale of the Decameron, told In Palmieri's garden old, By Fiametta, laurel- crowned, While her companions lay around, And heard the intermingled sound Of airs that on their errands sped, And wild birds gossiping overhead, And lisp of leaves, and fountain's fall, And her own voice more sweet than all, Telling the tale, which, wanting these, Perchance may lose its power to please." - "The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow", Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
  2. There was nothing but the lisp of the wind in the bents of last year's grass and a melo- dious sighing in the boughs of larches. - "The Passionate Elopement", Compton Mackenzie.
  3. There was butchers' work in my own North, and I shall not shrink from the telling; there was massacre, and scalps taken from children too small to lisp their prayers for mercy; that was devils' work, and may be told. - "The Reckoning", Robert W. Chambers.