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noun Grammar.
  1. 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 ónyma name
Related formspar·o·nym·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paronym


  1. linguistics a cognate word
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Derived Formsparonymic or paronymous (pəˈrɒnɪməs), adjectiveparonymously, adverb

Word Origin

C19: via Late Latin from Greek paronumon, from para- 1 (beside) + onoma a name
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Word Origin and History for paronym


"cognate word," 1846, from Greek paronymos, "formed by a slight change," from para- (see para- (1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Paronymous (1660s).

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