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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A word introduced because an existing term has become inadequate.

Usage examples (11)
  • Nobody ever heard of analog clocks until digital clocks became common, so `analog clock' is a retronym
  • I’ve heard the term retronym used for neologisms that are coined to refit old words that have since become ambiguous.
  • The competition was to for the best "retronym" a term for an old object needing clarification.
  • Then we could have retronym, meaning a word formed by reversing the spelling of another word. for more
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