Definition of Asperger's syndrome in English:

Asperger's syndrome

(also Asperger syndrome)

Pronunciation /ˈaspəːdʒəz ˌsɪndrəʊm//ˈaspəːɡəz ˌsɪndrəʊm/


mass noun
  • A developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.

    • ‘The affliction has also been likened to Asperger's syndrome, a mild variant of autism.’
    • ‘In previous surveys, mild diagnoses such as Asperger's syndrome were likely excluded.’
    • ‘Christopher is thought to have Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, although this is never made fully clear.’
    • ‘Christopher Boone lives in Swindon and has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism: he is brilliant at maths but not good at people.’
    • ‘In autism children are withdrawn, whereas in Asperger's syndrome they desire social contact but cannot negotiate rules.’
    • ‘By now, I was convinced that Hayley had an undiagnosed, albeit mild, form of Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘They may have a nonverbal learning disability, Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, mild retardation or traumatic brain damage.’
    • ‘The professor has been making attempts to understand the causes and research potential treatments for autism and related disorders such as Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘It struck me how tense and exhausting everyday life is for someone with Asperger's syndrome: the world can be hard enough to cope with for those of us with ‘normal’ skills - for someone like Patrick everything has to be learned by rote.’
    • ‘Today, doctors group Asperger's syndrome with four other conditions - including autism - that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders.’
    • ‘Much controversy exists regarding the definition of Asperger's syndrome or disorder, both in clinical practice and in research studies.’
    • ‘The definition of autism changed in 1994 to include milder forms of the disorder, such as Asperger's syndrome, in which children lack social skills but are often highly verbal.’
    • ‘Still another client, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and mental retardation, has used countless methods of photo-therapy to create images of her family system.’
    • ‘As the mother of a child with Asperger's syndrome - an autistic spectrum disorder - Ms Dawson felt compelled to study the case.’
    • ‘The best-known types of autism are ‘typical autism’ and Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘People with Asperger's syndrome can be greatly helped by special training in social skills.’
    • ‘Someone with autism and Asperger's syndrome will take at face value what is said to them.’
    • ‘However, Tourette's syndrome and affective disorders more commonly co-occur with Asperger's syndrome than with autism, he adds.’
    • ‘We reviewed them for evidence of the spectrum of autistic disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘The non-profit centre, which began functioning with just a handful of children, works for those with autism, Asperger's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning difficulties.’


Named after Hans Asperger (1906–80), the Austrian psychiatrist who described the condition in 1944.


Asperger's syndrome

/ˈaspəːdʒəz ˌsɪndrəʊm//ˈaspəːɡəz ˌsɪndrəʊm/