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malaprop Syllabification: mal·a·prop
Pronunciation: /ˈmaləˌpräp/
(also malapropism)

Definition of malaprop in English:


The mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with unintentionally amusing effect, as in, for example, “dance a flamingo” (instead of flamenco).
Example sentences
  • Finally, it's also something like a malapropism, where a word is mistakenly substituted for one of similar sound shape.
  • They speak in spoonerisms and malapropisms and put forward bizarre concepts and beliefs.
  • Each day has a statement containing spoonerisms, malapropisms, contradictions, strange and unrelated facts, and misuse of words.
wrong word, solecism, misuse, misapplication, infelicity, Freudian slip, blunder;


Mid 19th century: from the name of the character Mrs. Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism.

Words that rhyme with malaprop

gumdrop • teardrop
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