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malapropos

[mal-ap-ruh-poh] /ˌmæl æp rəˈpoʊ/
adjective
1.
inappropriate; out of place; inopportune; untimely:
a malapropos remark.
adverb
2.
inappropriately; inopportunely.
Origin of malapropos
1660-1670
1660-70; < French mal à propos badly (suited) to the purpose
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  • On the other hand, never express dissatisfaction with a response, however absurd or malapropos it may be.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • At any rate, he could not see her confusion at her own malapropos—that was something!

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • As far as Mostyn was concerned, this first malapropos meeting indicated the whole evening.

    The Man Between Amelia E. Barr
  • Even her wit had deserted her; she said malapropos clever things, and got snubbed for them.

    I, Thou, and the Other One Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • They were getting out of their car just outside the gates of Uplands—a most malapropos position!

    The Lady of the Basement Flat Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • To him the man habitually seemed as malapropos as a spiteful old lady.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for malapropos

malapropos

/ˌmælæprəˈpəʊ/
adjective
1.
of an inappropriate or misapplied nature or kind
adverb
2.
in an inappropriate way or manner
noun
3.
something inopportune or inappropriate
Word Origin
C17: from French mal à propos not to the purpose
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Word Origin and History for malapropos
adv.

1660s, from French mal à propos "inopportunely, inappropriately," literally "badly for the purpose," from mal (see mal-) + proposer "propose" (see propose).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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