Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Of, relating to, or having the nature of sound, especially speech sounds.

phon′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˈfɒn ɪk, ˈfoʊ nɪk)

1. of or pertaining to speech sounds.
2. of or pertaining to phonics.
[1815–25; < Greek phōn(ḗ) sound, voice + -ic]
phon′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.phonic - pertaining to the phonic method of teaching reading
2.phonic - relating to speech
3.phonic - of or relating to speech sounds; "phonetic transcription"


[ˈfɒnɪk] ADJfónico


References in periodicals archive ?
At 24 months, the responders had statistically significant improvements from baseline in components of the two scales, including the number of phonic tics per minute, motor tic severity, and phonic tic severity, Mr.
The purpose of this study is to include: (1) whole language approach which exercises reductionism by focusing on sentences and words rather than syllables and letters; and, (2) phonic instruction method, which emphasizes attention to the individual components of words and involves teaching children how to connect sounds with letters or groups of letters.
Charlie Coates gets some phonic guidance from Paul Carless 271114BANKFIELDS_
Individual pupils respond well to targeted support and develop phonic strategies effectively.
This prompted me to write some phonic poems for each of the sounds that are taught in class and this led to the creation of Little Lamb Phonics.
The store's manager Angie Hurt said that the kids were having a good time filling up their baskets with toys, when Pax bought a phonic operated Swearing Finger that flips off and swears a lot.
A lot of the spelling apps out there are quite babyish and phonic - for kids who haven't grasped spelling basics by year four or five," Hannah said.
To our knowledge, the only other example of a specialized sound-producing organ in mammals that is independent of the larynx are the phonic lips that toothed whales use to generate echolocation clicks," Charlton says.
They address, quantitative and qualitative aspects of events in Polish-native and English-foreign verbalization, including a video narrative sequence, a contrasting study of French/English/Chinese interaction in motion, metonymy as a form of expressing identity in phonic and signed languages, impolite gestures in Russian (definition, typology, and culture), socio-linguistic contexts of using diminutives in Polish, the Swiss case of using identities and language, teenage media consumers talking ("girls just want to have fun"), and performance of identities in the Queen's public speeches.
The mere sound of that iconic theme from the BBC radio phonic workshop would have the nation's kids throwing down their clackers, Evel Knievel action figures or BMX bikes to come rushing into living room (younger siblings were usually heading the other way to avoid a week of bed wetting, night terrors or a future in accountancy.
As English is their second language, having access to an interactive phonic programme provides them with such an incredible advantage in their language development," she said.