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
- ‘Now Mr. Cohen has a feature-length film with a title as malapropos as Borat's sendup of Kazakhstan.’
- ‘Many discoveries made long time ago seemed malapropos and were forgotten.’
- ‘Is that malapropos statement relevant?’
- ‘Such malapropos wise cracks are driven home with a relentlessly upbeat soundtrack which serenades scenes of human tragedy with bouncy, Disneyesque melodies.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 17th century: from French mal à propos, from mal ‘ill’ + à ‘to’ + propos ‘purpose’.
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