laid back

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laid-back

1. Calm, casual, or at ease. The laid-back vibe of that restaurant is perfect for our party. Oh, I'm sure Tim isn't worried about any of this—he's so laid-back.
2. Intoxicated. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really laid-back!

laid back

 
1. calm and relaxed. Willie is not what I would call laid back. You are really one laid-back guy!
2. intoxicated. He's a little laid back and can't come to the phone. How can those guys work when they are laid back by noon?
See also: back, laid

laid back

1. mod. calm and relaxed. Sam is not what I would call laid back.
2. mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. He’s a little laid back and can’t come to the phone.
See also: back, laid
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The perceptual map shows that there is an unequal distribution among the vowel phonemes in the vowel class, with a pronounced division in the vowel elements considering backness.
The F0 mean values of the vowels set the basis for assessing vowel height and vowel backness as patterns associated with IF0.
The system now contains two binary oppositions, in backness and labialization: [u, I, e, (< *a, *a, *e), o (11) (< *u, *o, *o)].
There is an inherent tension between the frontness of [i] and the backness of [q] which invites changes.
In articulatory phonetics vowels are mainly described in terms of three features: (1) height of the tongue (2) backness of the tongue and (3) lip rounding.
For all three speakers, aa and aa are pronounced with approximately the same vowel height, whereas they differ in backness.
Thus the suffixes in (2) harmonize with the corresponding stems in backness and partially also in rounding (2a).
Like the brilliant city he is from Mr Hudson mixes the beautiful laid backness of the Afro-Caribbean community with fantastical one liners that only a Brummie can muster.
According to Bollinger (1989), whereas full vowels are distinguished by their quality such as height, backness and roundness, reduced vowels can't be recognized by these characteristics.
Rhotacization is an auditory quality, which, like height and backness, is most appropriately defined in acoustic terms.
Generally in articulatory phonetics vowel segments are described in shape of height of the tongue; backness of the tongue and lip rounding.
4] are displayed and the drop in frequencies related to backness reduced.
When comparing the three places of articulation, it is apparent that VOT is significantly longer for velars than for bilabials and alveolars and that it increases with backness.
Accordingly,/E/represents vowels that undergo harmony for backness, and /I/ for both backness and rounding.
The role of backness, however, seems to have been overestimated.