[ mal-uh-prop ]

Origin of malaprop

First recorded in 1815–25; see origin at Malaprop

Other words from malaprop

  • out·mal·a·prop, verb (used with object), out·mal·a·propped, out·mal·a·prop·ping.

Words Nearby malaprop

Other definitions for Malaprop (2 of 2)

[ mal-uh-prop ]

  1. Mrs., a character in Sheridan's The Rivals (1775), noted for her misapplication of words. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use malaprop in a sentence

  • She was the ideal Mrs. malaprop, and she surpassed all competitors in the character of Mrs. Hardcastle.

    Shadows of the Stage | William Winter