Definition of paragram in English:

paragram

noun

  • A play on words in which a letter or group of letters in a word is altered so as to produce or suggest another word.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679), philosopher. From Hellenistic Greek παράγραμμα play on words, pun (as a Greek word in Cicero ad Familiares 7. 32. 2), in ancient Greek (in Greek authors) in senses ‘substitute for a letter, in cipher’, ‘additional clause’ from παρα- + γράμμα letter; compare ancient Greek τὰ παρὰ γράμμα σκώμματα, lit. ‘jokes by the letter’.

Pronunciation

paragram

/ˈparəɡram/