Definition of malapropos in English:

malapropos

adverb

formal
  • Inopportunely; inappropriately.

adjective

formal
  • Inopportune; inappropriate.

    ‘these terms applied to him seem to me malapropos’
    • ‘Many discoveries made long time ago seemed malapropos and were forgotten.’
    • ‘Now Mr. Cohen has a feature-length film with a title as malapropos as Borat's sendup of Kazakhstan.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is that malapropos statement relevant?’
    inappropriate, unsuitable, inapposite, infelicitous, inapt, unseemly, inopportune, ill-timed, untimely, uncalled for, tactless
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noun

formal
  • Something inappropriately said or done.

    • ‘I had started with malapropos and spoonerism, and what better way there is except to end it the same way.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French mal à propos, from mal ill + à to + propos purpose.

Pronunciation

malapropos

/ˌmalˌaprəˈpō/