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Expletive meaning

expletive - 3 dictionary results

  1. 1. Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling up; superfluous.
  2. 2. A word, letter, or syllable not necessary to the sense, but inserted to fill a vacancy; an oath.
  3. 3. Word used for ornament, or to fill a space.

expletive - examples of usage

  1. The expletive was the strongest in which his feeble state allowed him to indulge; but he continued: That’ s what’ s the matter with me.
  2. Mr Evans's mind was too truly pious for a wicked expletive to cross it; but a bad man expressing the curate's feeling would have said that Mr Clinton was a damned fool. - "Orientations", William Somerset Maugham.
  3. He launched another hot expletive. - "Nan of Music Mountain", Frank H. Spearman.
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