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malapropos Line breaks: mal|apro¦pos
Pronunciation: /ˌmalaprəˈpəʊ/

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.
inappropriate, unsuitable, inapposite, infelicitous, inapt, unseemly, inopportune, ill-timed, untimely, uncalled for, tactless


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

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