One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In an inopportune or inappropriate way.
Inopportune; inappropriate.‘these terms applied to him seem to me malapropos’
inappropriate, unsuitable, inapposite, infelicitous, inapt, unseemly, inopportune, ill-timed, untimely, uncalled for, tactlessView synonyms
- ‘Most scholars, however, would probably regard the inclusion of Mormon works on this page (The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Doctrine and Covenants) as malapropos.’
- ‘Now Mr. Cohen has a feature-length film with a title as malapropos as Borat's sendup of Kazakhstan.’
- ‘Is that malapropos statement relevant?’
- ‘Many discoveries made long time ago seemed malapropos and were forgotten.’
- ‘Such malapropos wise cracks are driven home with a relentlessly upbeat soundtrack which serenades scenes of human tragedy with bouncy, Disneyesque melodies.’
Mid 17th century: from French mal à propos, from mal ‘ill’ + à ‘to’ + propos ‘purpose’.
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