Definition of backronym in English:


Syllabification: back·ro·nym
Pronunciation: /ˈbakrəˌnim


  • A fanciful expansion of an existing acronym or word, such as “port out, starboard home” for posh.
    More example sentences
    • Later, around the mid-1970s, people began to make up backronyms for BASIC because they weren't sure.
    • Choose one and then manufacture a ridiculous backronym to explain it.
    • Actually, looking at the examples here, ‘backronym’ does not mean what I thought it did.


blend of back and acronym.

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