malapropos
adverb Etymology: French mal à propos Date: 1668 in an inappropriate or inopportune way • malapropos adjective

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  • malapropos — mal*ap ro*pos , a. & adv. [F. mal [ a] propos; mal evil + [ a] propos to the purpose.] Unseasonable or unseasonably; unsuitable or unsuitably. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • malapropos — index impertinent (irrelevant), inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, inept (inappropriate) …   Law dictionary

  • malapropos — (adv.) 1660s, from Fr. mal à propos inopportunely, inappropriately, lit. badly for the purpose, from mal (see MAL (Cf. mal )) + proposer propose (see PROPOSE (Cf. propose)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • malapropos — [adj] inappropriate inapposite, inapt, infelicitous, inopportune, tactless, uncalled for, unseemly, unsuitable, untimely; concept 558 …   New thesaurus

  • malapropos — [mal΄ap rə pō′] adj. [Fr mal à propos: see MAL & APROPOS] at an awkward or improper time or place; inopportune; inappropriate adv. in an inopportune or inappropriate manner …   English World dictionary

  • malapropos — /mal ap reuh poh /, adj. 1. inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely: a malapropos remark. adv. 2. inappropriately; inopportunely. [1660 70; < F mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose] * * * …   Universalium

  • malapropos —    (mahl ah proh POH) [French] Inappropriate; untimely; out of place; as in “a malapropos comment.” …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • malapropos — mal•ap•ro•pos [[t]ˌmæl æp rəˈpoʊ[/t]] adj. 1) inappropriate; inopportune: a malapropos remark[/ex] 2) inappropriately; inopportunely • Etymology: 1660–70; < F mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose …   From formal English to slang

  • malapropos — adjective out of place; inappropriate See Also: apropos, malapropism …   Wiktionary

  • malapropos — Synonyms and related words: bad, futile, ill adapted, ill advised, ill assorted, ill chosen, ill considered, ill fitted, ill matched, ill seasoned, ill sorted, ill suited, ill timed, impolitic, improper, inadmissible, inadvisable, inapplicable,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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