portmanteau word

A word which combines the meaning of two words (or, rarely, more than two words), formed by combining the words, usually, but not always, by adjoining the first part of one word and the last part of the other, the adjoining parts often having a common vowel; for example, smog, formed from smoke and fog.

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  • portmanteau word — ► NOUN ▪ a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, e.g. brunch from breakfast and lunch …   English terms dictionary

  • portmanteau word — n. [coined by Lewis CARROLL Lewis in Through the Looking Glass] a coined word that is a combination of two other words in form and meaning; blend (Ex.: smog, from smoke and fog) …   English World dictionary

  • portmanteau word — noun a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings smog is a blend of smoke and fog motel is a portmanteau word made by combining motor and hotel brunch is a well known portmanteau • Syn: ↑blend, ↑portmanteau • Members of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • portmanteau word — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms portmanteau word : singular portmanteau word plural portmanteau words linguistics a word that combines the sound and meaning of two words, for example smog , a combination of smoke and fog …   English dictionary

  • portmanteau word — port manteau .word n technical a portmanteau word is made by combining the sound and meaning of two other words, for example edutainment combines education and entertainment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • portmanteau word — Synonyms and related words: ambiguity, amphibology, blend, contamination, counterword, double entendre, equivocal, equivocality, equivocation, equivoque, hybrid, hybrid word, hybridism, macaronic, macaronicism, polysemant, portmanteau,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • portmanteau word — /pɔtˈmæntoʊ wɜd/ (say pawt mantoh werd) noun a word made by telescoping or blending two other words, as brunch for breakfast and lunch. See blend (def. 9). {from Through the Looking Glass (1871) by Lewis Carroll; You see, it s like a portmanteau… …   Australian English dictionary

  • portmanteau word — blend (def. 9). [1880 85] * * * ▪ linguistics       a word composed of parts of two or more words, such as chortle from chuckle and snort and motel from motor and hotel. The term was first used by Lewis Carroll (Carroll, Lewis …   Universalium

  • portmanteau word —  A word blending two others, e.g., smog = smoke + fog …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • portmanteau word — noun a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, e.g. brunch from breakfast and lunch …   English new terms dictionary

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