Definition of preterite-present in English:

preterite-present

(US preterit-present)

noun

Grammar
  • A verb of which the tense used as the present was originally a preterite, especially one of a small group of verbs in the Germanic languages (mostly used as modal auxiliaries) of which the present tense is in form and origin a preterite and the past tense a more recent (though still pre-literary) weak formation.

adjective

Grammar
  • Designating or relating to a preterite-present.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Atlantic Monthly. From preterite + present.

Pronunciation

preterite-present

/ˌprɛt(ə)rɪtˈprɛznt/