Meaning of expletive
Pronunciation: (ek'spli-tiv), [key]
- an interjectory word or expression, frequently profane; an exclamatory oath.
- a syllable, word, or phrase serving to fill out.
- a word considered as regularly filling the syntactic position of another, as it in It is his duty to go, or there in There is nothing here.
- added merely to fill out a sentence or line, give emphasis, etc.: Expletive remarks padded the speech.
- expletive (Thesaurus)