Definition of eggcorn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈeɡkôrn/


A word or phrase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one that sounds very similar or identical (e.g. tow the line instead of toe the line).
Example sentences
  • By the way, there seems to be a little discrepancy in what an eggcorn actually is.
  • In the comments, Phil asks "Are we witnessing the birth of an eggcorn?"
  • Looks like we're way past the eggcorn stage here.


Early 21st century: with reference to a misinterpretation of acorn.

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Syllabification: egg·corn

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