Expletive - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeksplətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word expletive
Brit.  |ɪkˈspliːtɪv|  British pronunciation of the word expletive


- profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger(syn: curse, cuss, oath, swearing, swearword)

expletives were deleted

- a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added to fill out a sentence or metrical line


Angry expletives filled the air.

Expletives were deleted from the transcript of their conversation.

...blatted an obscene expletive before biting the dust...

Word forms

singular: expletive
plural: expletives
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