- The definition of a malapropism is using the wrong word for something, especially one that sounds similar.
An example of malapropism was Archie Bunker from the American television sitcom All in the Family saying "Patience is a virgin," when he meant to say "Patience is a virtue."
malapropism definition by Webster's New World
- ludicrous misuse of words, esp. through confusion caused by resemblance in sound
- an instance of this (Ex.: progeny for prodigy)
Origin: ; from Mrs. Malaprop plush -ism
malapropism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.
- An example of such misuse.
Origin: From malaprop.
- malˌa·propˈi·an adjective
malapropism - Cultural Definition
A humorous confusion of words that sound vaguely similar, as in “We have just ended our physical year” instead of “We have just ended our fiscal year.”