Definition of malapropos in English:


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


  • Inopportunely; inappropriately.


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  • Inopportune; inappropriate: these terms applied to him seem to me malapropos
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    • 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.
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    • 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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