mal·​ap·​ro·​pos ˌma-ˌla-prə-ˈpō How to pronounce malapropos (audio)
: in an inappropriate or inopportune way
malapropos adjective

Word History


French mal à propos

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of malapropos was in 1630

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“Malapropos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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