eye dialecteye dialect
nonstandard respelling of words to suggest dialectal or informal pronunciation
The use of nonstandard spellings, such as enuff for enough or wuz for was, to indicate that the speaker is uneducated or using colloquial, dialectal, or nonstandard speech.
(countable and uncountable, plural eye dialects)
- (uncountable) Nonstandard spellings, which however do not change pronunciation, deliberately used by an author to indicate that the speaker uses a nonstandard or dialectal speech.
- (countable) A set of such nonstandard spellings, collectively used to reflect a certain form of speech.