Garden-path definition

gärdn-păth, -päth
Of or relating to a sentence that is easily misparsed, as The horse raced past the barn fell, in which people usually misinterpret raced as a simple past tense verb, leading to a nonsensical interpretation, instead of as a passive participle, yielding the correct interpretation The horse, which was raced past the barn, fell.
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Used other than as an idiom: see garden,"Ž path.
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Short for garden path sentence.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
garden-path
Plural:
garden-paths

Origin of garden-path

  • From the idiom "to be led down a garden path".

    From Wiktionary