Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Allied by derivation from the same root; having the same stem; for example, beautiful and beauteous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having the same root or derivation; conjugate.
  • adj. Having a similar sound, but different orthography and different meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the same derivation; allied radically; conjugate; -- said of certain words, as man, mankind, manhood, etc.
  • adj. Having a similar sound, but different orthography and different meaning; -- said of certain words, as all and awl; hair and hare, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the same derivation; allied in origin; radically allied; conjugate: as, wise, wisely, wisdom; man, manhood, mankind.
  • Having the same or a like sound, but differing in orthography and signification: as, all, awl; ball, bawl; hair, hare.
  • Derived from a word in another language with some slight modification of form.

Etymologies

Greek parōnumos, derivative : para-, beside; see para-1 + onuma, name; see nŏ̄-men- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
paronym +‎ -ous (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • That the playing with paronymous terms is in accordance with the spirit of the Greek language may be seen from the frequent employment of the device by Plato, e.g. -

    A Grammar of Septuagint Greek

  • There are innumerable instances of a non-correspondence in paronymous words, similar to that above instanced; as between _art_ and _artful_, _design_ and _designing_,

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

  • Would it be possible for you to include links to this in your next comment? paronymous from 71.119.250.140 at Fri, 10 Aug 2007 22: 11: 16 +0000:

    Matthew Skala's home page (RSS)

  • _paronymous_ (or _conjugate_) words, _i. e._, those belonging to each other, as the substantive, adjective, verb, etc., of the same root, have a precisely corresponding meaning; which is by no means universally the case.

    A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive

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