AskDefine | Define malapropos

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malapropos adj : of an inappropriate or incorrectly applied nature [ant: apropos] adv : at an inconvenient time; "he arrived inopportunely just as we sat down for dinner"; "she answered malapropos" [syn: inopportunely] [ant: opportunely]

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Etymology

From the French mal à propos; mal bad, badly + à propos appropriate, relevant.

Adjective

malapropos
  1. out of place; inappropriate

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bad, futile, ill-adapted, ill-advised, ill-assorted, ill-chosen, ill-considered, ill-fitted, ill-matched, ill-seasoned, ill-sorted, ill-suited, ill-timed, impolitic, improper, inadmissible, inadvisable, inapplicable, inapposite, inappropriate, inapt, inauspicious, incongruous, inconvenient, inept, inexpedient, infelicitous, inopportune, intempestive, intrusive, irrelevant, late, mal a propos, maladjusted, misjoined, mismatched, mismated, misplaced, mistimed, off base, out of character, out of joint, out of keeping, out of line, out of phase, out of place, out of proportion, out of season, out of time, out of tune, premature, too late, too soon, unadapted, unapt, unbecoming, unbefitting, undesirable, undue, unfavorable, unfit, unfitted, unfitting, unfortunate, unhandy, unhappy, unlucky, unmeet, unprofitable, unpropitious, unqualified, unready, unripe, unseasonable, unseemly, unsuitable, unsuited, untimely, untoward, unwise, wrong
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