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back formation

noun, Linguistics.
1.
the analogical creation of one word from another word that appears to be a derived or inflected form of the first by dropping the apparent affix or by modification.
2.
a word so formed, as typewrite from typewriter.
Origin of back formation
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for back-formation

back formation

noun
1.
the invention of a new word on the assumption that a familiar word is derived from it. The verbs edit and burgle were so created from editor and burglar
2.
a word formed by this process
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Word Origin and History for back-formation
n.

also back formation, by 1887, from back (adv.) + formation.

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