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

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, "In a Time of Crisis, Her Voice Was the One That Galvanized Alaska," 24 Mar. 2020 Whenever there’s a funny Caribbean crab or malaprop-prone seagull onstage, younger kids are delighted. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Review: From screen to stage, ‘Little Mermaid’ expands on a beloved tale," 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,, "Roustabout Theatre's modern love triangle 'Romeo' is frothy fun," 24 June 2018 Benson drew chuckles with his Benson Boogie — and with his malaprops. Brett Martel,, "Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90," 15 Mar. 2018 Benson drew chuckles with his Benson Boogie — and with his malaprops. Washington Post, "Saints, Pelicans owner Tom Benson dies at age 90," 15 Mar. 2018 The Guardian chose the Trump Twitter malaprop unpresidented. Stefan Fatsis, Slate Magazine, "Dumpster Fire, Brexit, Fake News," 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, "Donald Trump’s Barrage of Heated Rhetoric Has Little Precedent," 14 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of malaprop


1814, in the meaning defined above


1815, in the meaning defined above

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“Malaprop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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