A coined word that is a combination of two other words in form and meaning; blend (Ex.: smog, from smoke and fog)
A word made up of two words; for example, "vlog" is derived from "video" and "log." Pronounced "port-man-tow," this French word refers to a two-compartment traveling bag. In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass," portmanteau was used as a metaphor for "containing two words."
(linguistics) A word which combines the meaning of two words (or, rarely, more than two words), formed by combining the words, usually, but not always, by adjoining the first part of one word and the last part of the other, the adjoining parts often having a common vowel; for example, smog, formed from smoke and fog.
Attributive form of portmanteau word, noun.
Origin of portmanteau-word
- Coined by Lewis Carroll in 1872, based on the concept of two words packed together, like a portmanteau (a travelling case having two halves joined by a hinge).
- Through The Looking Glass (Chapter VI. Humpty Dumpty)