malapropos

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj malapropos of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
    • adv malapropos at an inconvenient time "he arrived inopportunely just as we sat down for dinner","she answered malapropos"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a. & adv malapropos Unseasonable or unseasonably; unsuitable or unsuitably.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • malapropos Inappropriate; out of place; inapt; unseasonable: as, a malapropos remark.
    • malapropos Unsuitably; unseasonably.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Malapropos (mal-ap-ro-pō′) out of place: unsuitable: inapt
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mal à propos,; mal, evil + à propos, to the purpose

Usage

In literature:

As far as Mostyn was concerned, this first malapropos meeting indicated the whole evening.
"The Man Between" by Amelia E. Barr
Mrs. Lashmar had a genius for the malapropos.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
This malapropos discovery, materially diminished the pleasure we had before experienced, on first seeing a new part of the continent.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
Marie had said, came most malapropos, and, besides, he disliked Miss Benham's uncle.
"Jason" by Justus Miles Forman
To him the man habitually seemed as malapropos as a spiteful old lady.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Unlike the living bird, however, it never makes answers malapropos.
"Notable Events of the Nineteenth Century" by Various
You'll have to pardon my cursedly malapropos appearance.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
Or more malapropos from the point of view of Madame Rolly.
"Sweethearts at Home" by S. R. Crockett
What an absurd, malapropos question.
"Cursed by a Fortune" by George Manville Fenn
Now and then their comments, after the manner of their age, were keenly malapropos and occasioned a sense of embarrassment.
"The Storm Centre" by Charles Egbert Craddock
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