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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.
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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.
(19.) 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)
In the present study, four cognitive factors potentially influencing Spanish stress perception are examined experimentally through a nonce word perception task that probes the structure of the lexicon, and the results are considered in terms of their implications for a psychological model of speech 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.
Eddington repeated Aske's nonce word test with -Vn-final made-up nouns in AML.
She covers new words, neologisms, and nonce words; analogy in English word formation; analogy in specialized language, in juvenile language, in journalistic language, and in literary works; and the acceptability of new analogical words.
The introductory chapter, by Smithsonian collection manager Paul Powhat, is called "The Garnet Group: Fifteen Species, Endless Variety." To help memory order the six most important species, Powhat recommends the old nonce words "pyralspite" and "ugrandite," respectively for pyrope-almandine-spessartine, with Al in the second cation site, and uvarovite-grossular-andradite, with Ca in the first cation site (I recall consciously and earnestly learning these terms as a child, and now it's nice to see them again in such a respectable setting).