Meaning of paronym in English:


Pronunciation /ˈparənɪm/


  • 1Linguistics
    A word which is a derivative of another and has a related meaning.

    ‘‘wisdom’ is a paronym of ‘wise’’
    • ‘Its adjectival paronym poneroi is used of the people of Sodom at Genesis 13: 13, while the verbal form ponereusesthe is employed by Lot to characterize the intentions of the men of the town at Genesis 19: 7.’
    1. 1.1A word formed by adaptation of a foreign word.
      Contrasted with heteronym
      ‘‘preface’ is a paronym of Latin ‘prefatio’’
      • ‘The serene Mexican peak, however, sprawls some lava from time to time, however its Bulgarian paronym is part of the colossal play with words, which deluges the Bulgarian Orthodox homeland for an entire month already.’


Mid 19th century from Greek parōnumon, neuter (used as a noun) of parōnumos ‘naming by modification’, from para- ‘beside’ + onuma ‘a name’.