malaprop

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n malaprop the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • malaprop Malapropos.
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Usage

In literature:

So I dressed up as Mrs. Malaprop, and sailed in with a mask on.
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
She is a genuine Mrs. Malaprop, isn't she?
"Thankful's Inheritance" by Joseph C. Lincoln
I saw Mrs. Drew play Mrs. Malaprop, and it was a lesson to people who overact.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
MRS. MALAPROP is much puzzled at the announcement that it is proposed to construct a new Tubercular Railway between England and France.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100. March 14, 1891." by Various
This is a privilege reserved for Mrs. Malaprop.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
Merivale is luckily a very good-natured fellow, or, God he knows what might have been engendered from such a malaprop.
"Life of Lord Byron, Vol. III" by Thomas Moore
He would be no worse than a Mrs. Malaprop if he intended "adolescens" to represent "deeply regretted.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
I saw Mrs. Drew play Mrs. Malaprop, and it was a lesson to people who overact.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
Mrs. Malaprop Linda Mottram.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
I myself thought a dictionary and a few grammars a sensible beginning, as Mrs. Dingley was a veritable Mrs. Malaprop.
"My Actor-Husband" by Anonymous
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In news:

Thus spake the forty-second president of the United States — a president not famous for malapropism or contempt for science.
A toast to those who have committed portmanteaux and malaprops.
Street performer and busker Shameless Aimless does her take on the old sideshow standard, the blockhead act, in front of Malaprop's bookstore and cafe in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
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