Origin of malaprop
First recorded in 1815–25; see origin at Malaprop
- Mrs., a character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words.
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Examples from the Web for malaprop
Have you heard the speculation, The rumor now in circulation: Perry runs with Newt this Fall Malaprop meets know-it-all.
Every one should be familiar with Miss Languish and Mrs. Malaprop.Macaulay's Life of Samuel Johnson
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Mrs. Malaprop herself, in her happiest moments, could not have beaten this inscription.Curious Epitaphs
It is best, as Mrs. Malaprop says, to begin with a little aversion.Modern Flirtations
"The Red Knight, Mrs. Malaprop," she said, and beamed upon both of them.Through the Outlooking Glass
I'll write a note to Mrs. Malaprop, and you shall visit the lady directly.Standard Selections
Word Origin and History for malaprop
1823, from name of theatrical character Mrs. Malaprop (see malapropism). Related: Malapropian.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper