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Meaning of clipped form

clipped' form"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a word formed by dropping one or more syllables from a longer word or phrase with no change in meaning, as deli from delicatessen or flu from influenza. Also calledCf. back clipping, fore clipping.
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