Definition of holophrastic in US English:

holophrastic

adjective

  • See holophrasis

    • ‘As the verbs form the base of these holophrastic words, they play a most important part in the grammatical structure of the language.’
    • ‘Anyway, from a syntactic perspective, the one word stage is called the holophrastic stage.’
    • ‘Which developmental change takes place in the transition from holophrastic one-word utterances to multi-word utterances?’
    • ‘It is likely that at some point in time humans spoke a protolanguage in which most words had neither holophrastic nor atomic meanings.’

Pronunciation

holophrastic

/häləˈfrastik//hɑləˈfræstɪk/