What does tmesis mean?

Definitions for tmesisˈmi sɪs, təˈmi-

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  1. tmesis(Noun)

    The insertion of one or more words between the components of a compound word.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tmesis(noun)

    the separation of the parts of a compound word by the intervention of one or more words; as, in what place soever, for whatsoever place


  1. Tmesis

    Tmesis is a linguistic phenomenon in which a word or phrase is separated into two parts, with other words interrupting between them. For example, "'Wel-diddly-elcome", is a signature phrase of fictional character Ned Flanders', where a nonsense word is inserted. Note the reduplication of part of the host word. Another example is the recurring phrase by Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother."Legen-wait for it-dary", in which the phrase "wait for it" is inserted into the word Legendary.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tmesis

    tmē′sis, n. (gram.) the separation of the parts of a compound word by one or more words inserted between them, as 'Saxo cere-comminuit-brum;' 'of whom be thou ware also' (2 Tim. iv. 15). [L.,—Gr. tmēsistemnein, to cut.]

Anagrams for tmesis »

  1. i-stems, misset, smites

  2. I-stems

  3. Misset

  4. Smites


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tmesis in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tmesis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Images & Illustrations of tmesis

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