From late Middle English compteroller, a spelling variant of countreroller (from which controller) due to folk etymology: the word was thought to have an etymological connection with Middle French compte (“account”) (Middle French compteroleur is attested circa 1375). Originally the two spellings were equivalent and pronounced identically; the modern pronunciation with [mp] is based on the spelling.
- either as controller or as IPA(key): [kəmpˈtɹoʊləɹ], [kəmˈtɹoʊləɹ]
- Homophone: controller
- Rhymes: -əʊlə(ɹ)
comptroller (plural comptrollers)
- The chief accountant of a company or government.