(US also malaprop)
- The mistaken use of a word in place of a similar-sounding one, often with an amusing effect (e.g. ‘dance a flamingo’ instead of flamenco).More 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.
mid 19th century: from the name of the character Mrs Malaprop in Sheridan's play The Rivals (1775) + -ism.