Definition of echolalia in English:



  • 1Meaningless repetition of another person's spoken words as a symptom of psychiatric disorder.

    • ‘Many children with autism do not develop speech and other children with the disorder often exhibit unusual speech patterns such as echolalia or the repetition of what has been heard.’
    • ‘Complex tics might include jumping, smelling objects, touching the nose, touching other people, coprolalia, echolalia, or self-harming behaviors.’
    • ‘Stupor or catalepsy, mutism, posturing/grimacing/stereotypy, echolalia or echopraxia and excessive motor activity were the main catatonic features.’
    • ‘He said he had echolalia, which, the narrator explains, is a mental disease where the patient repeats what they hear.’
    • ‘Three patients were found to respond to the fenfluramine therapy with reduction in echolalia, perseveration and motor disturbances and an increase in attention and social awareness.’
    1. 1.1Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek ēkhō echo + lalia speech.