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nonce word

n.
A word occurring, invented, or used just for a particular occasion; for example, the word mileconsuming in "the wagon beginning to fall into its slow and mileconsuming clatter" (William Faulkner).

nonce word

n
(Linguistics) a word coined for a single occasion

nonce′ word`


n.
a word coined and used only for a particular occasion.
[1880–85]

nonce word

A word invented by someone for a specific occasion, not likely to become established in the language.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonce word - a word with a special meaning used for a special occasion
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
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nonce word

nonce word

[ˈnɒnsˌwɜːd] nparola coniata per l'occasione
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FIVE (19) = y box (a Web3 electricity phrase) and SEVEN (10) = co-fox, a possible nonce word.
Eighty Polish children and adolescents aged from 6 to 18 participated in a nonce word inflection experiment testing their productivity with the two genitive masculine endings, -a and -u, and their sensitivity to the distributional and semantic factors determining the choice of ending.
Nankov's nonce word "naiponiakoga"--something like "once-in-a-blew moon" or "twice-upon-a-time"--adumbrates a playful temporality, which does not exist but should have existed, because it is the domain of his tales in Nai-poniakoga.
I remember a person living in Edinburgh once humorously coined a word Edinburghian [**], which is a good example of nonce word formation.
While the gloss may be no more than a nonce word, an imitative one at that, there is enough etymological support to admit the form as conceivably a rendering of the belling of a stag.
e (as in pet) e ea ae a eo o et ue ei bedspread aesthetic Demerara enfeoff encrimsoned estaminet pedagoguette (a nonce word for a school-mistress) Seignette (a 17th century French chemist)
Four cognitive factors potentially influencing the perception of Spanish stress placement are examined experimentally through a nonce word perception task, and the results are considered from the perspective of their implications for a psychological model of perception.
DETATED a nonce word in the joky expression 'his capa was detated', that is, he was decapitated.
If a child produced a real word instead of a nonce word, it was excluded from analysis.
ORNATE - PLAIN stoutened OUTSET - END unsewed USED > - NEW > modistry MOIST > - DRY > idromancers (hydromancers) SCORN - ADMIRE faillers (failures) RISE - FALL lowned (calmed) OLD - NEW gassier SAG - RISE savonettes (soap balls) VETO - ASSENT trampolines STAPLE - MINOR panderesses (female procurers) SPARSE - DENSE persuades SPARE - USED plumosite (a mineral) POUT - SMILE crowlings (a nonce word in OED) SCOWL - GRIN gimballs SMALL - BIG multilayers SILLY - MATURE harllotts (harlots) SHORT - TALL </pre> <p>In ChDSA, CALM is listed as an antonym for 70+ words including anxious, boisterous, cross, distraught, excitable, frenetic, gusty, hysterical, incense, jittery, livid, madden, nervous, obstreperous, pandemonium, restless, storm, tense, uptight, vex and wild.
Eddington repeated Aske's nonce word test with -Vn-final made-up nouns in AML.
How to do (even more) things with nonce words (other than naming).