I. noun Etymology: Mrs. Malaprop Date: 1823 an example of malapropism <
was famed for malaprops: he always said “polo bears” and “Remember Pearl Island” and “neon stockings” — Time
II. adjective or malapropian Date: 1840 using or marked by the use of malapropisms

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  • malaprop — (n.) 1823, from name of theatrical character Mrs. Malaprop (see MALAPROPISM (Cf. malapropism)). Related: Malapropian …   Etymology dictionary

  • malaprop — [mal′ə präp΄ē ənmal′ə präp΄] adj. [< MALAPROP Mrs.] using or characterized by malapropisms: also malapropian [mal′ə präp΄ē ən] n. MALAPROPISM (sense 2) …   English World dictionary

  • Malaprop — [mal′ə präp΄] Mrs.[< MALAPROPOS] a character in Sheridan s play The Rivals, who makes ludicrous blunders in her use of words …   English World dictionary

  • malaprop — mal·a·prop (măl’ə prŏp′) n. ▸ A malapropism. ╂ [After Mrs. Malaprop, a character in The Rivals, a play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, from MALAPROPOS(Cf. ↑malapropos).] Word History: She s as headstrong as an allegory on the banks of the Nile and… …   Word Histories

  • malaprop — /mal euh prop /, n. malapropism (def. 2). [1815 25; see MALAPROP] * * * …   Universalium

  • Malaprop — /mal euh prop /, n. Mrs. a character in Sheridan s The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words. * * * …   Universalium

  • malaprop — 1. adjective Characterized by the use of malapropisms. 2. noun A malapropism …   Wiktionary

  • Malaprop — Mal|a|prop, Mrs a character in the 18th century play The Rivals by Richard Sheridan. She wrongly uses words in a funny way, saying a word that sounds similar to the one she intended to use, but means something completely different. This type of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • malaprop — mal·a·prop …   English syllables

  • Malaprop — /ˈmæləprɒp/ (say maluhprop) noun Mrs, the old weather beaten she dragon of Sheridan s The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words. {from malapropos} …   Australian English dictionary

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