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portmanteau word

noun
1.
blend (def 9).
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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British Dictionary definitions for portmanteau words

portmanteau word

noun
1.
another name for blend (sense 7)
Word Origin
C19: from the idea that two meanings are packed into one word
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Encyclopedia Article for portmanteau words

portmanteau word

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 to describe many of the unusual words in his Through the Looking-Glass (1871), particularly in the poem "Jabberwocky." Other authors who have experimented with such words are James Joyce and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

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