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 Dictionary entry overview: What does schwa mean? 

SCHWA (noun)
  The noun SCHWA has 1 sense:

1. a neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables

  Familiarity information: SCHWA used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SCHWA (noun)

Sense 1schwa [BACK TO TOP]


A neutral middle vowel; occurs in unstressed syllables

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


schwa; shwa

Hypernyms ("schwa" is a kind of...):

vowel; vowel sound (a speech sound made with the vocal tract open)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "schwa"):

murmur; murmur vowel (a schwa that is incidental to the pronunciation of a consonant)

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