Definition of spoonerism in English:
A verbal error in which a speaker accidentally transposes the initial sounds or letters of two or more words, often to humorous effect, as in the sentence you have hissed the mystery lectures.
- The best-known of these are the sound transpositions called spoonerisms.
- Malapropisms and spoonerisms add colour to language.
- They speak in spoonerisms and malapropisms and put forward bizarre concepts and beliefs.
early 20th century: named after the Revd W. A. Spooner (1844–1930), an English scholar who reputedly made such errors in speaking.
Definition of spoonerism in:
- US English dictionary