backronym

or bac·ro·nym

[ bak-ruh-nim ]
/ ˈbæk rə nɪm /

noun

an existing word turned into an acronym by creating an apt phrase whose initial letters match the word, as to help remember it or offer a theory of its origin. For example, rap has been said to be a backronym of “rhythm and poetry.”
the phrase itself. For example, “port out, starboard home” is a misleading backronym for posh.

Nearby words

  1. backpacker,
  2. backpacking,
  3. backplate,
  4. backpressure,
  5. backrest,
  6. backroom,
  7. backrub,
  8. backrush,
  9. backs,
  10. backsaw

Origin of backronym

First recorded in 1980–85; back1 + acronym

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