mal·​a·​prop | \ ˈma-lə-ˌpräp How to pronounce malaprop (audio) \

Definition of malaprop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an example of malapropism was famed for malaprops: he always said "polo bears" and "Remember Pearl Island" and "neon stockings"Time


variants: or malapropian \ ˌma-​lə-​ˈprä-​pē-​ən How to pronounce malaprop (audio) \

Definition of malaprop (Entry 2 of 2)

: using or marked by the use of malapropisms malaprop uses "So many former players get into broadcasting and tend to butcher the English language. Some are malaprop artists. …"— Jack Buck

Examples of malaprop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Imagine Sarah Palin without the you-betcha malaprops and the political grievances. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2020 Whenever there’s a funny Caribbean crab or malaprop-prone seagull onstage, younger kids are delighted. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Oct. 2019 After exhausting every other option for a new Juliet, Simon reluctantly hires Nancy, a malaprop-prone small-town Utah girl who can’t really act and has never performed Shakespeare. Pam Kragen,, 24 June 2018 Benson drew chuckles with his Benson Boogie — and with his malaprops. Brett Martel,, 15 Mar. 2018 Benson drew chuckles with his Benson Boogie — and with his malaprops. Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2018 The Guardian chose the Trump Twitter malaprop unpresidented. Stefan Fatsis, Slate Magazine, 3 Feb. 2017 Senator John Kerry in 2004 won laughs from a Democratic audience for mocking President George W. Bush’s halting speaking style and malaprops. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of malaprop


1814, in the meaning defined above


1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for malaprop


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“Malaprop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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