A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the following word, for example, you in y'all.Compare with enclitic
- ‘The indefinite article ‘a’ is a proclitic, a word that wants to merge phonologically with the word that follows it.’
Being or relating to a proclitic word.
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin procliticus (from Greek proklinein ‘lean forward’), on the pattern of late Latin encliticus (see enclitic).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.