the cutting off or dropping of the last sound or sounds of a word (Ex.: mos' for most)
Origin of apocopeLate Latin ; from Classical Greek apokop?, a cutting off ; from apokoptein, to cut off ; from apo-, from + koptein, to cut off
The loss of one or more sounds from the end of a word, as in Modern English sing from Middle English singen.
Origin of apocopeLate Latin, from Greek apokop&emacron;, from apokoptein, to cut off : apo-, apo- + koptein, to cut.
OriginSee also: apocopé
From Latin, from Ancient Greek ἀποκοπή (apokopḗ), ἀποκόπτω (apokóptō, “cut off”).