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[mal-uh-prop] /ˈmæl əˌprɒp/
malapropism (def 2).
Origin of malaprop
First recorded in 1815-25; See origin at Malaprop
Related forms
outmalaprop, verb (used with object), outmalapropped, outmalapropping.


[mal-uh-prop] /ˈmæl əˌprɒp/
Mrs. a character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And depend on it, Mrs. malaprop, that they who are so fond of handling the leaves, will long for the fruit at last.

  • Mrs. malaprop herself, in her happiest moments, could not have beaten this inscription.

    Curious Epitaphs William Andrews
  • Here we are, Mrs. malaprop; come to mitigate the frowns of unrelenting beauty,—and difficulty enough I had to bring this fellow.

  • It is best, as Mrs. malaprop says, to begin with a little aversion.

    Modern Flirtations Catherine Sinclair
  • In Mrs. malaprop, we have some of that confusion of words, which seems to have been traditional upon the stage.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • "The Red Knight, Mrs. malaprop," she said, and beamed upon both of them.

  • Mrs. malaprop, I wish the lady would favor us with something more than a side-front.

  • I'll write a note to Mrs. malaprop, and you shall visit the lady directly.

  • Not only Mrs. malaprop, but also Sir Anthony, form an entirely wrong estimate of themselves.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
Word Origin and History for malaprop

1823, from name of theatrical character Mrs. Malaprop (see malapropism). Related: Malapropian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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