folk etymology definition

  • noun:
    • Change in the type of a word or phrase caused by a mistaken presumption about its structure or definition, like in shamefaced for earlier shamfast, "bound by shame,” or cutlet from French côtelette, "little rib.”
    • A modification of a word caused by a misunderstanding of its etymology, just like island, belfry, and hangnail.
    • Such a misunderstanding; a false etymology that improperly describes the origin of a word.
    • a well known but erroneous etymology
    • improvement in the form of a word or term caused by a mistaken assumption about its composition or meaning, such as shamefaced for earlier in the day shamfast, "bound by pity,” or cutlet from French côtelette, "little rib.”
    • Change in the type of a word or phrase resulting from a mistaken presumption about its structure or definition, such as shamefaced for earlier shamfast, "bound by pity,” or cutlet from French côtelette, "little rib.”
    • A modification of a word caused by a misunderstanding of its etymology, just like area, belfry, and hangnail.
    • Such a misunderstanding; a false etymology that improperly describes the origin of a word.
    • A modification of a word resulting from a misunderstanding of its etymology, as with island, belfry, and hangnail.
    • Change in the form of a word or phrase resulting from a mistaken assumption about its composition or meaning, as in shamefaced for earlier shamfast, "bound by shame,” or cutlet from French côtelette, "little rib.”
    • Change in the form of a word or expression caused by a mistaken assumption about its composition or definition, as in shamefaced for early in the day shamfast, "bound by pity,” or cutlet from French côtelette, "little rib.”
    • a favorite but incorrect etymology
    • Such a misunderstanding; a false etymology that incorrectly explains the foundation of a word.
    • improvement in the form of a word or phrase resulting from a mistaken presumption about its structure or meaning, such as shamefaced for previous shamfast, "bound by pity,” or cutlet from French côtelette, "little rib.”
    • A modification of a word caused by a misunderstanding of the etymology, much like island, belfry, and hangnail.
    • a well known but incorrect etymology
    • A modification of a word resulting from a misunderstanding of its etymology, as with island, belfry, and hangnail.
    • Such a misunderstanding; a false etymology that wrongly explains the origin of a word.
    • These types of a misunderstanding; a false etymology that wrongly explains the foundation of a word.
    • a popular but incorrect etymology
    • a favorite but incorrect etymology
    • A modification of a word resulting from a misunderstanding of their etymology, just like area, belfry, and hangnail.
    • Such a misunderstanding; a false etymology that incorrectly describes the origin of a word.
    • a well known but erroneous etymology

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