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malapropos

[ mal-ap-ruh-poh ]
/ ˌmæl æp rəˈpoʊ /
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adjective
inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely: a malapropos remark.
adverb
inappropriately; inopportunely.
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Origin of malapropos

First recorded in 1660–70, malapropos is from French mal à propos “badly (suited) to the purpose”
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British Dictionary definitions for malapropos

malapropos
/ (ˌmælæprəˈpəʊ) /

adjective
of an inappropriate or misapplied nature or kind
adverb
in an inappropriate way or manner
noun
something inopportune or inappropriate

Word Origin for malapropos

C17: from French mal à propos not to the purpose
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