AskDefine | Define paronymous

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

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