Definition of tmesis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtmiːsɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtmiːsɪs//
[uncountable, countable](pl. tmeses
BrE BrE//ˈtmiːsiːz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtmiːsiːz//
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the use of a word or words in the middle of another word, for example ‘abso-bloody-lutely’ Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Greek tmēsis ‘cutting’, from temnein ‘to cut’.