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paronym

[ par-uh-nim ]
/ ˈpær ə nɪm /
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noun Grammar.
a paronymous word.
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Origin of paronym

1840–50; <Greek parṓnymon, neuter of parṓnymos formed by a slight change in name, derivative, equivalent to par-par- + -ōnymos, adj. derivative of ónymaname

OTHER WORDS FROM paronym

par·o·nym·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paronym

paronym
/ (ˈpærənɪm) /

noun
linguistics a cognate word

Derived forms of paronym

paronymic or paronymous (pəˈrɒnɪməs), adjectiveparonymously, adverb

Word Origin for paronym

C19: via Late Latin from Greek paronumon, from para- 1 (beside) + onoma a name
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