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    Word Definition

    Hi. I am looking for a grammatical term for words that sound unpleasant, awkward, or hard to pronounce.

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    Re: Word Definition

    Welcome to the forum, Linda.

    I don't there is such a term. It's not clear what you mean by 'awkward'.

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    Re: Word Definition

    The opposite of your word would be euphonic. I guess you could write "uneuphonic".
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Word Definition

    Cacaphony is a word to describe unpleasant sounds. By extension, one could coin the word "cacaphonic." However, just because it's unpleasant to hear doesn't make it awkward to pronounce.

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    Re: Word Definition

    Other possibilities include discordant and dissonant.

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    Re: Word Definition

    One of my professors of English once used the phrase "phonetically abrasive word" but I think it's a figurative expression rather than a grammatical term.

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