Origin of holophrasticfrom holo- + Classical Greek phrastikos, suited for expressing from phrazein, to speak
- Of or relating to the stage of child language development characterized by the use of single-word utterances.
Origin of holophrasticholo- Greek phrastikos expressive ( from -phrastos speakable, thought of ) ( from phrazein to show ; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.)
- (linguistics, of a sentence) Consisting of a single word, such as "Go." or "Whatever."
- (linguistics) Pertaining to the stage of development where a child produces simple one-word utterances.