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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Misuse of a word for one that resembles it.

Usage examples (34)
  • The writer wrote a malapropism when she wrote "progeny" instead of "prodigy".
  • Did you ever wonder where the word malapropism came from?
  • Mr. STARR: It's called a malapropism, John used to say.
  • A type of slip of the ear in which people mishear a word and mispronounce it, then insist that the malapropism is correct. for more
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