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malaprop (n.)

"a ludicrous misuse of a big word," 1823, from the name of the theatrical character Mrs. Malaprop, who was noted for her blunders in the use of words (see malapropism). As an adjective, "out of place, inapt," by 1840. Related: Malapropian.

updated on November 06, 2018

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Definitions of malaprop from WordNet

malaprop (n.)
the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar;
Synonyms: malapropism
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.