the automatic repetition by someone of words spoken in his or her presence, esp. as a symptom of mental disorder
Origin of echolaliaModern Latin from echo (see echo) + -lalia, speech defect from Classical Greek lalia, speech from lalein, to talk, prattle from reduplicated, reduplication of Indo-European echoic an unverified form la- (as in Classical Latin lallare, German lallen, to lull)
The repetition of words or phrases spoken by others, often occurring in people with autism spectrum disorder and certain other mental disorders.
Origin of echolaliaecho Greek laliā talk ( from lalos talkative )
(countable and uncountable, plural echolalias)
- (clinical psychology) The immediate, involuntary, and repetitive echoing of words or phrases spoken by another.
- An infant's repetitive imitation of vocal sounds spoken by another person, occurring naturally during childhood development.
- Any apparently meaningless, repetitious noises, especially voices.
From echo + -lalia.