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1. A speech defect or mannerism characterized by mispronunciation of the sounds (s) and (z) as (th) and (th).
2. A sound of or like a lisp: "The carpenter['s] ... plane whistles its wild ascending lisp" (Walt Whitman).
v. lisped, lisp·ing, lisps
1. To speak with a lisp.
2. To speak imperfectly, as a child does.
To pronounce with a lisp.

[From Middle English lispen, to lisp, from Old English -wlyspian (in āwlyspian, to lisp), from wlisp, lisping.]

lisp′er n.


One of the first high-level programming languages, designed to handle complex data structures. It is widely used in artificial intelligence research.

[lis(t) p(rocessing).]
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n. ceceo, sustitución de sonidos debido a un defecto en la articulación de las palabras, tal como el sonido de la z por la c, o el sonido de la c por la s.
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"You are certainly out of your mind," he observed, without even raising his head, lisping as deliberately as ever and threading his needle.
She had taught Elijah and Elisha Simpson so that they recited three verses of something with such comical effect that they delighted themselves, the teacher, and the school; while Susan, who lisped, had been provided with a humorous poem in which she impersonated a lisping child.
She had intended to teach Anne the childish classic, "Now I lay me down to sleep." But she had, as I have told you, the glimmerings of a sense of humor--which is simply another name for a sense of fitness of things; and it suddenly occurred to her that that simple little prayer, sacred to white-robed childhood lisping at motherly knees, was entirely unsuited to this freckled witch of a girl who knew and cared nothing bout God's love, since she had never had it translated to her through the medium of human love.
Everyone joined in saying it, and it was a pretty sight to see the little creatures bowing their curly heads and lisping out the words they knew so well.
She would have been toddling around on her tiny feet and lisping a few words.
The cowardly children crept nearer also, Isabella lisping - "Frightful thing!
Jackson has fun with his lisping megalomaniac (the actor had a lisp in real life but overcame it to become a star) who can't stand the sight of blood, making this his best role for years.
"'I might have to work on that, but it could be funny to have a lisping Kate," added Spencer.
And his reputation wasn't enhanced by Laurence Olivier's 1955 cinema depiction of a lisping, conniving king desperate for power.