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malapropos Syllabification: mal·ap·ro·pos
Pronunciation: /ˌmalˌaprəˈpō/

Definition of malapropos in English:



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Inopportune; inappropriate: these terms applied to him seem to me malapropos
More example sentences
  • Is that malapropos statement relevant?
  • Now Mr. Cohen has a feature-length film with a title as malapropos as Borat's sendup of Kazakhstan.
  • Many discoveries made long time ago seemed malapropos and were forgotten.

noun (plural same)

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Something inappropriately said or done.
Example sentences
  • I had started with malapropos and spoonerism, and what better way there is except to end it the same way.


Mid 17th century: from French mal à propos, from mal 'ill' + à 'to' + propos 'purpose'.

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