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portmanteau word

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A word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch. The term was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass (1872).

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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2015

... word n . Another name for a blend . [From portmanteau a large travelling case, from French porter to carry + manteau a...

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The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (2 ed.)

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2014

... word The same as a morphological blend ( 1 ) . The term originates with Lewis Carroll’s explanation in Through the Looking-Glass (1872) of the invented word slithy as a combination of ‘lithe’ and ‘slimy’: ‘It’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (4 ed.)

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... word A word concocted by fusing two different words together into one: a common example is brunch , from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’; other modern colloquial cases are motel and guesstimate . The term was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass ( 1871 ), where he invents the word slithy from ‘lithe’ and ‘slimy’; the portmanteau referred to is a kind of suitcase composed of two halves. The most extended literary use of portmanteau words is found in James Joyce ’s novel Finnegans Wake ( 1939 ). See also coinage , neologism , ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... word A portmanteau is a type of leather travelling bag for clothes which opens out flat into two parts. A ‘portmanteau word’ is thus a word made up of two others, and expressive of a combination denoted by those parts, such as squarson , a cross between a squire and parson. Lewis Carroll invented the term in Through the Looking-Glass when Humpty Dumpty explains the meanings of words in the poem ‘Jabberwocky’: ‘That’s enough to begin with’, Humpty Dumpty interrupted: ‘there are plenty of hard words there. “Brillig” means four o’clock in the...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... word a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch . The term was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass ( 1872...

portmanteau word

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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12 words
portmanteau word

portmanteau word  

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A word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch. The term was coined by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-glass (1872).
Morphological Deformities

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Garner’s Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2016
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Language reference, Usage and Grammar Guides
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266 words
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Oxford University Press

...of putatively ill-formed words made up of classical morphemes: asylee breathalyzer deflation drunkometer homophobe prosumerism (a portmanteau word from pro-consumerism ) simulcast speedometer stagflation teletype urinalysis workaholic Our playfulness and inventiveness with morphemes like these are what makes English such a vital language. Gone are the days when H.W. Fowler 's words had any hope of resonating: “Word-making, like other manufactures, should be done by those who know how to do it; others should neither attempt it for themselves, nor...

orature

orature  

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A portmanteau term coined by the Kenyan novelist and playwright Ngugi wa Thiong'o to denote imaginative works of the oral tradition usually referred to as ‘oral literature’. The point of the coinage ...
camcorder

camcorder  

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Media studies
A portmanteau word (camera + recorder). A small portable video-camera and video-recorder combined as a single unit.
digicut

digicut  

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1. A portmanteau word (digital + cut). Typically, the final assembly of a finished offline edit.2. The physical video cassette or exported digital video film that contains the final offline cut: see ...
dataveillance

dataveillance  

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A portmanteau word (data + surveillance). Monitoring or profiling a person through their personal data records, rather than by listening to or viewing their activities. The term was introduced by ...
blend

blend  

A word formed by joining the end of one word on to the beginning of another, or more generally part of one word on to part of another, typical examples being brunch, which is formed from the ...
nonce

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(of a word or expression) coined for one occasion. The word derives (in Middle English) from then anes ‘the one (purpose)’, from then (obsolete form of the) + ane ‘one’, altered by misdivision.
docudrama

docudrama  

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A portmanteau word (documentary + drama). A hybrid genre in which actual events are dramatized for film, television, or radio. Sometimes also called docufiction. Compare documentary; docusoap; ...
docusoap

docusoap  

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A portmanteau word (documentary + soap opera). A hybrid genre on television or radio in a serial format which follows the experiences of real people over a period of time. Compare docudrama; ...
cybrid

cybrid  

A portmanteau word used to denote a line of cultured mammalian cells that is a cytoplasmic hybrid of two other lines, as shown by inheritance of biochemical or other characteristics.[...]
dramadoc

dramadoc  

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A portmanteau word (drama + documentary). A hybrid genre on television or radio which aims to be a faithful representation of actual events drawing on documentary evidence but using actors. Compare ...
faction

faction  

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A portmanteau term (fact + fiction). Typically pejorative, it refers to a form of narrative based on real events but employing dramatic licence (for instance through the use of imagined ...
gamut

gamut  

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(1) Properly, the note G at the pitch now indicated by the lowest line of the bass staff. Greek G or ‘gamma’ was used for its designation, and as the note just mentioned was the ‘ut’ (‘doh’) of the ...

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