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malapropos (inapposite)

Definition:

of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more malapropos

Superlative:

most malapropos

Similar to:

inapposite

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Described by:

appropriateness

See also:

inappropriate

Etymology:

French mal à propos "inopportunely, inappropriately", literally "badly for the...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of malapropos...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

malapropos

of an inappropriate or misapplied nature or kind | in an inappropriate way or manner | something inopportune or inappropriate (18 of 220 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malapropos

Oxford Dictionary:

malapropos | inopportune [synonym, sense-specific] | inappropriate [synonym, sense-specific]

[formal] : in an inopportune or inappropriate way. | inopportune; inappropriate (10 of 50 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malapropos

American Heritage Dictionary:

malapropos

Out of place; inappropriate. | In an inappropriate or inopportune manner. (10 of 30 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malapropos

New World Dictionary:

malapropos

at an awkward or improper time or place; inopportune; inappropriate | in an inopportune or inappropriate manner (16 of 29 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malapropos

Merriam-Webster:

malapropos

in an inappropriate or inopportune way (6 of 23 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malapropos

Random House Dictionary:

malapropos

inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely. | inappropriately; inopportunely. (8 of 17 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/malapropos

Wiktionary:

malapropos | inappropriate [synonym]

out of place; inappropriate (4 of 5 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malapropos

Encarta Dictionary:

malapropos

not appropriate to the situation in which something is done or said | in an inappropriate way or at an inopportune moment (21 of 52 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627974​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

malapropos

First use: 1660s

Origin: French mal à propos "inopportunely, inappropriately", literally "badly for the purpose", from mal + proposer "propose".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=malapropos

Oxford Dictionary:

malapropos

First use: mid 17th century

Origin: French mal à propos, from mal "ill" + à "to" + propos "purpose"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/malapropos

American Heritage Dictionary:

malapropos

Origin: French mal à propos: mal, badly + à propos, to the purpose; see "apropos".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malapropos

Collins Dictionary:

malapropos

First use: 17th century

Origin: from French mal à propos not to the purpose

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malapropos

Wiktionary:

malapropos

Origin: French mal à propos; mal bad, badly + à propos appropriate, relevant.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/malapropos

New World Dictionary:

malapropos

Origin: French mal à propos: see "mal-" and "apropos"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malapropos

Merriam-Webster:

malapropos

First use: 1668

Origin: French mal à propos

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/malapropos

Encarta Dictionary:

malapropos

First use: Mid-17th century

Origin: French mal à propos "ill-suited to the purpose"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627974​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

malapropos

Audio: British English pronunciation of "malapropos"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/malapropos

the Free Dictionary:

malapropos

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "malapropos"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "malapropos"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "malapropos" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/malapropos

Google Dictionary:

malapropos

Audio: English pronunciation of "malapropos"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

malapropos

Audio: North American pronunciation of "malapropos"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=malapr​05 word=malapropos

YourDictionary Audio:

malapropos

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "malapropos" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/malapropos

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