from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.
- n. An example of such misuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word or expression in place of a similar sounding one.
- n. An instance of this; malaprop.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A grotesque misuse of a word; a word so used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or habit of misapplying words through an ambition to use fine language.
- n. A word so misapplied.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar
Did you ever wonder where the word malapropism came from?
a type of slip of the ear in which people mishear a word and mispronounce it, then insist that the malapropism is correct.
Mr. STARR: It's called a malapropism, John used to say.
And it features the kind of malapropism-prone character who says “Toblerone” when he means “testosterone.”
Two: a few days ago was the first anniversary of linguist Geoff Pullum's coining of the term 'eggcorns', a particular kind of malapropism that appears linguistically significant because it involves a switch to a wrong, but logical, alternative that is rapidly and widely assimilated into general language.
The explanation behind House File 2028 says it would correct a "malapropism" in the legal description.
Indeed, the oft-repeated malapropism of "refudiate" seems to cover it quite well.
To quote my late father Sol, the master of the malapropism, I say to these Republican dummies...
Even as a malapropism it reflects the way the chief connotation of epicureanism has changed from pleasure to sensual pleasure to gustatory pleasure.
As former Yankees catcher and New York Mets manager Yogi Berra, the master of the malapropism, famously said, "It's deja vu all over again. . ."