back-formation definition

  • noun:
    • a brand new word produced by getting rid of an affix from a currently present term, as vacuum clean from vacuum cleaner, or by eliminating what exactly is erroneously thought to be an affix, as pea through the earlier English plural pease.
    • The process of creating words in this manner. See Note at baby-sit.
    • the procedure where an innovative new word is created by eliminating a morpheme (genuine or perceived) of an older word, such as the verb burgle, created by eliminating -ar (perceived as a suffix forming a representative noun) from burglar.
    • A word produced this way.
    • a word created (usually unknowingly by subtracting an affix) on the presumption that a familiar word derives as a result, including emote from emotion.
    • the process of inventing a back-formation{1}.
    • a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on presumption that a familiar word derives from it

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