from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Out of place; inappropriate.
- adv. In an inappropriate or inopportune manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. out of place; inappropriate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Unseasonable or unseasonably; unsuitable or unsuitably.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inappropriate; out of place; inapt; unseasonable: as, a malapropos remark.
- Unsuitably; unseasonably.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature
- adv. at an inconvenient time
Next day, thanks to his histrionic powers and his ingratiating address, he was promoted to the rank of "supernumerary captain's servant" -- a "post which," I give his words, "I flatter myself, was created for me alone, and furnished me with opportunities unequalled for a task in which one word malapropos would have been my destruction."
Washington particularly regretted what he called the “extreme malapropos” effect on Virginia, where the bad news from New Hampshire arrived in March just as delegates to the state ratifying convention were being chosen.
First of all, totally malapropos usage of the Public Enemy lyric quote.
I have every confidence that Israel's economy would rank far higher than 20th in your malapropos IMD "stress test" were it not for the war - now in its seventh decade.
Treason, it seems, is still considered malapropos by some Democrats.
I ought not to lose an opportunity of refuting an absurd story which has been much circulated, and which is repeated exceedingly malapropos under the article of the “Abbé Gedoyn,” upon whom the writer falls foul with great satisfaction, because in his youth he had been a Jesuit; a transient weakness, of which I know he repented all his life.
As soon as the man of genius has made a new application of any word in the language, copyists are not wanting to apply it, very malapropos, in twenty places, without giving the inventor any credit.
FSJ's malapropos concerning geography and language is so American!
It is also the most Mexican malapropos salad you can serve in an otherwise Italian context.
All right, now that we've gotten those out of the way, including the malapropos, shouldn't they be more current?
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