hypercorrect

adjective
hy·​per·​cor·​rect | \ ˌhī-pər-kə-ˈrekt How to pronounce hypercorrect (audio) \

Definition of hypercorrect

: of, relating to, or characterized by the production of a nonstandard linguistic form or construction on the basis of a false analogy (such as "badly" in "my eyes have gone badly")

Other Words from hypercorrect

hypercorrection \ ˌhī-​pər-​kə-​ˈrek-​shən How to pronounce hypercorrection (audio) \ noun
hypercorrectly \ ˌhī-​pər-​kə-​ˈrek-​(t)lē How to pronounce hypercorrectly (audio) \ adverb
hypercorrectness \ ˌhī-​pər-​kə-​ˈrek(t)-​nəs How to pronounce hypercorrectness (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of hypercorrect

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypercorrect.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercorrect. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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