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


French mal à propos : mal, badly + à propos, to the purpose; see apropos.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French mal à propos; mal bad, badly + à propos appropriate, relevant. (Wiktionary)



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