AskDefine | Define paronym

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English

Etymology

From παρα ‘beside’ + ονομα-onym’.

Noun

  1. A word derived from the same root, or with the same sound, as another word

Translations

word with same root as other word

Extensive Definition

A paronym or paronyme in linguistics may refer to two different things:
  1. A word that is related to another word and derives from the same root, e.g. a cognate word;
  2. Words which are almost homonyms, but have slight differences in spelling or pronunciation and have different meanings.
Some paronyms are truly synonymous, but only under the rarest of conditions. They often lead to confusion. Examples of any type of paronym are:

See also

paronym in Bulgarian: Пароним
paronym in Catalan: Parònim
paronym in German: Paronym
paronym in Spanish: Parónimo
paronym in Esperanto: Paronimo
paronym in French: Paronymie
paronym in Galician: Parónimo
paronym in Croatian: Paronim
paronym in Hungarian: Paronímia
paronym in Polish: Paronim
paronym in Portuguese: Parônimo
paronym in Russian: Паронимия
paronym in Swedish: Paronym
paronym in Ukrainian: Пароніми
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