Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

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 beginning of breakfast and the end of lunch, moped from motor and pedal, motel from motorcar and hotel, napalm from naphthene and palmitate, prissy from prim and sissy, and smog from smoke and fog. Also called a portmanteau word.

Subjects: Psychology.

Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.