adjective par·on·y·mous \pə-ˈrä-nə-məs, pa-\

Definition of paronymous

  1. 1 :  conjugate 4

  2. 2a :  formed from a word in another languageb :  having a form similar to that of a cognate foreign word

Origin and Etymology of paronymous

Greek parōnymos, from para- + -ōnymos (as in homōnymos homonymous)

First Known Use: 1656

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