noun, plural ca·co·e·pies.

incorrect pronunciation or an instance of this; mispronunciation (opposed to orthoepy).

Also Older Spelling, ca·co·ë·py.

Origin of cacoepy

< Greek kakoépeia faulty language, equivalent to caco- caco- + epe- (stem of épos) song, word + -ia -y3
Related formsca·co·e·pist, nounca·co·e·pis·tic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for cacoepy



bad or mistaken pronunciation
Derived Formscacoepistic (kəˌkəʊɪˈpɪstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for cacoepy

C19: from Greek kakoepeia
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