malapropos

[mal-ap-ruh-poh]

adjective

inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely: a malapropos remark.

adverb

inappropriately; inopportunely.

Nearby words

  1. malapert,
  2. malapportioned,
  3. malaprop,
  4. malaprop, mrs.,
  5. malapropism,
  6. malar,
  7. malar bone,
  8. malar process,
  9. malaria,
  10. malariae malaria

Origin of malapropos

First recorded in 1660–70, malapropos is from the French word mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose

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British Dictionary definitions for malapropos

malapropos

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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Word Origin and History for malapropos

malapropos

adv.

1660s, from French mal à propos "inopportunely, inappropriately," literally "badly for the purpose," from mal (see mal-) + proposer "propose" (see propose).

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