An example of phonetic is the word "dad" being spelled the way it sounds.
- of speech sounds or the production or transcription of these
- of phonetics
- conforming to pronunciation: phonetic spelling
- of or involving the relatively small differences between related speech sounds, which can be perceived but do not change meaning: the differences between the sounds represented by p in “tip” and “pit” are phonetic, since substituting one for the other would not change the meanings of the two words
Origin of phoneticModern Latin phoneticus ; from Classical Greek ph?n?tikos ; from ph?n?tos, to be spoken ; from ph?nein, to speak ; from ph?n?, a sound: see phono-
- Of or relating to phonetics.
- Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound: phonetic spelling.
- Of, relating to, or being features of pronunciation that are not phonemically distinctive in a language, as aspiration of consonants or vowel length in English.
Origin of phoneticNew Latin ph&omacron;n&emacron;ticus, representing speech sounds, from Greek ph&omacron;n&emacron;tikos, vocal, from ph&omacron;n&emacron;tos, to be spoken, from ph&omacron;nein, to produce a sound, from ph&omacron;n&emacron;, sound, voice; see bha-2 in Indo-European roots.