• (RP) IPA: /ˈmæləpɹɒpɪzəm/
  • (America) enPR: mălʹə-prä-pĭz-əm, IPA: /ˈmæləpɹɑːpɪzəm/


  1. (uncountable) The blundering use of an absurdly inappropriate word or expression in place of a similar-sounding one.
    The script employed malapropism to great effect.
  2. (countable) An instance of this; malaprop.
    The translator matched every malapropism in the original with one from his own language.
    The humor comes from all the malapropisms.
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