Definition of aptronym in English:


Line breaks: ap¦tro|nym
Pronunciation: /ˈaptrənɪm
(also aptonym)


A person’s name that is regarded as amusingly appropriate to their occupation: he began collecting aptronyms when he saw an ad for a flower shop operated by Flora Gardner while Maryland lacks a ‘Judge Judge’, there are many attorneys here with aptonyms
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  • I know how much you like aptonyms, so I just thought I'd pass on that my company has a smart grid expert named Ken Van Meter.
  • Some people pay attention to aptonyms because they appear to provide evidence that a person's name may indicate a person's professional destiny.
  • I used to collect aptonyms if I saw an interesting one in print.


1920s: from apt + -onym, probably on the pattern of patronym.



(also aptonymic) adjective
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  • Nineteenth-century writers in particular seemed to have enjoyed creating aptronymic characters.
  • I find all those aptronymic characters, their personalities revealed in their whimsical monikers, unbelievably irritating.
  • Sex advice columns provide enlightenment for the erotically challenged as well as voyeuristic entertainment, and the aptonymic Savage delivers on both counts.

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