Hypercorrect definition

hīpər-kə-rĕkt
Of, relating to, or marked by hypercorrection.
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(grammar) Incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage.

The often exaggerated addition of /h/ before words like "out" in written Cockney is a hypercorrect affectation.

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To change (a word or phrase) to an incorrect form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage.
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Origin of hypercorrect

  • hyper- +"Ž correct

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