Are there words in which the letter D is pronounced like T (and they are not those words which ending with the past tense suffix of -ed)?

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    It's hard to think of examples. Even German loanwords that end in "-d" (which would be pronounced -t in German) are often pronounced "d" in English. For example, ODO gives only /d/ pronunciations with "hinterland", "dachshund" and "wunderkind". M-W, though, gives /-t/ pronunciations with "dachshund" and "wunderkind", although it also gives /-d/ variants for both.
    – rjpond
    Nov 19, 2017 at 1:37

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Depending on what you mean by "pronounced like T", certain words where /d/ comes after /s/ or before coda /θ/ might count. To my ear, disdain sounds like "distain", and breadth sounds like "bretth".

In English, the "voiced" plosive phonemes /d/, /b/ and /g/ are not always strongly voiced, and sometimes they may show partial assimilation when adjacent to voiceless obstruents. A "devoiced" /d/ sounds quite similar to an unaspirated /t/ (I don't know enough to say if an actual merger is possible). For example, I find it hard to hear a difference between the sound of "sd" /sd/ in words like misdeed, misdemeanor, disdain and the sound of "st" /st/ in words like mistake, misty, sustain.

I also hear regressive assimilation of voicelessness in my pronunciation of the words width, breadth, hundredth: the "dth" /dθ/ in these words sounds a lot like the /tθ/ in eighth.

When /d/ comes before a voiceless obstruent that is not in the same syllable, it may be phonetically devoiced, but the phonological opposition with /t/ is generally still clearly marked by the length (or in some accents, quality) of the preceding vowel. So a word like bloodthirsty does not sound like (a hypothetical word) "blutthirsty".


None of the answerers has mentioned the word in which the D is pronounced /t/.
As far as I know, there is only one English word in which the D is pronounced /t/. And it is midst.

According to Cambridge English Dictionary, midst has two pronunciations; /mɪtst/ and /midst/. /mɪtst/ is much more prevalent than /midst/.

There are also some other words in which the D gets devoiced like handpick, midpoint, grandstand etc.


I think it's the reverse: Ts are often pronounced like soft Ds in American English when the consonant appears in the middle of the word and when the syllable is not stressed. For example:




Keep in mind, it's not consistent, and the pronunciation might be different from word to word and from person to person.

But I can't think of any words where the D is pronounced T.

More info here:



Sometimes words spelled with medial 'dd' will be pronounced in some regional dialects closer to a /t/. This happens where I live.

With this heavy rain, the track is sloppy, so I'm putting my money on a mudder.


Left full rudder!


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