Definition of eggcorn in English:


Line breaks: egg|corn
Pronunciation: /ˈɛgkɔːn


  • A word or phrase that results from a mishearing or misinterpretation of another, an element of the original being substituted for one which sounds very similar (e.g. tow the line instead of toe the line).
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    • By the way, there seems to be a little discrepancy in what an eggcorn actually is.
    • In the comments, Phil asks "Are we witnessing the birth of an eggcorn?"
    • Looks like we're way past the eggcorn stage here.


early 21st century: with reference to a misinterpretation of acorn.

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