from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Psychiatry The immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others, often a symptom of autism or some types of schizophrenia.
- n. An infant's repetition of the sounds made by others, a normal occurrence in childhood development.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The immediate, involuntary, and repetitive echoing of words or phrases spoken by another.
- n. An infant's repetitive imitation of vocal sounds spoken by another person, occurring naturally during childhood development.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In pathology, the repetition by the patient in a meaningless way of words and phrases addressed to him. It occurs in certain nervous disorders.
- n. An agreeable but meaning-loss arrangement of words in poetry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an infant's repetition of sounds uttered by others
- n. (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)
echo + Greek laliā, talk (from lalos, talkative).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From echo + -lalia. (Wiktionary)