Diction humor. Choosing the wrong word, resulting in a comic effect. The character Mrs. Malaprop was an Elizabethan Rosanne Rozanna-danna.
"Why are people always talkin' about the how much violins there is in the middle east?"
by smakerooni September 18, 2003
Top Definition
This is when someone abuses the wrong worm so you can't understudy what they're crying to play.
Named after someone called Mrs Malaprop in some classical something or other.
by Andy May 07, 2004
a word mistakenly used in place of a similar sounding word, usually by the President of the United States
An example of a malapropism 'we should demand slavery respirations'
by Dingermcduff September 11, 2003
A word which purposely replaces another word within a common phrase or addage, with humorous, or ironic intention.
"Curteousy killed the cat" as opposed to "Curiosity killed the cat"
by Bat September 12, 2003
Comes from Mrs. Malaprop, a character in 'The Rivals' - a 1775 play by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. She imagines herself to be learned but betrays her ignorance by using words that sound similar to those she intends to use.
Mrs. Malaprop refers to a "nice derangement of epitaphs" in the play.
by Derek Scott September 09, 2003
1. When something is inappropriately named
2. When someone uses a name/word in an improper context
George W. used a malapropism when he said "They misunderestimated me."
by Anonymous September 14, 2003
the humorous use of two words that sound alike when said but are essentially different.
"I would like a piece of piazza."
by emily murda September 16, 2003
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