Definition of clitic in English:

clitic

noun

Grammar
  • An unstressed word that normally occurs only in combination with another word, for example 'm in I'm.

    • ‘Null objects are allowed in many languages despite the absence of an object-identifying clitic or a verb - object agreement feature.’
    • ‘In more prestigious varieties of Spanish, the clitic and object noun phrase are in complementary distribution (La vi or Vi a la mujer).’
    • ‘This is the sense that appeared with clitic dative subject in meseems.’
    • ‘Except for Obi-Wan, the good guys in the Star Wars original trilogy all spoke colloquial American English, clitics and all.’
    • ‘The parameter of choosiness vs. promiscuity is crucial in differentiating the categories of word, affix, and clitic.’

Origin

1940s: from (en)clitic and (pro)clitic.

Pronunciation:

clitic

/ˈklɪtɪk/