Ex·ple·tive a. Filling up; hence, added merely for the purpose of filling up; superfluous. “Expletive imagery.”
Expletive phrases to plump his speech. --Barrow.
Ex·ple·tive, n. A word, letter, or syllable not necessary to the sense, but inserted to fill a vacancy; an oath.
While explectives their feeble aid to join,
And ten low words oft creep in one dull line. --Pope.
n 1: profane or obscene expression usually of surprise or anger;
"expletives were deleted" [syn: curse, curse word, oath,
swearing, swearword, cuss]
2: a word or phrase conveying no independent meaning but added
to fill out a sentence or metrical line