from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unstressed word, typically a function word, that is incapable of standing on its own and attaches in pronunciation to a stressed word, with which it forms a single accentual unit. Examples of clitics are the pronoun 'em in I see 'em and the definite article in French l'arme, "the arm.”
- adj. Of or relating to a clitic or clisis.
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- n. A morpheme that functions like a word, but appears not as an independent word but always attached to a following or preceding word.
Greek klitikos, leaning, from klīnein, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)