Origin of portmanteau wordcoined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass (1871)
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(plural portmanteau 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.
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).
- 'Well, “slithy" means “lithe and slimy." “Lithe" is the same as “active". You see it's like a portmanteau-there are two meanings packed up into one word.'
Through The Looking Glass (Chapter VI. Humpty Dumpty)
- attributive form of portmanteau word, noun.
portmanteau word - Computer Definition
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."