paronymous

adjective

par·​on·​y·​mous pə-ˈrä-nə-məs How to pronounce paronymous (audio)
pa-
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a
: formed from a word in another language
b
: having a form similar to that of a cognate foreign word

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paronymous was in 1656

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Cite this Entry

“Paronymous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paronymous. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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