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paronym

[par-uh-nim] /ˈpær ə nɪm/
noun, Grammar
1.
a paronymous word.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Greek parṓnymon, neuter of parṓnymos formed by a slight change in name, derivative, equivalent to par- par- + -ōnymos, adj. derivative of ónyma name
Related forms
paronymic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paronym

paronym

/ˈpærənɪm/
noun
1.
(linguistics) a cognate word
Derived Forms
paronymic, paronymous (pəˈrɒnɪməs) adjective
paronymously, adverb
Word Origin
C19: via Late Latin from Greek paronumon, from para-1 (beside) + onoma a name
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Word Origin and History for paronym
n.

"cognate word," 1846, from Greek paronymos, "formed by a slight change," from para- (see para- (1)) + onyma (see name (n.)). Related: Paronymous (1660s).

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