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franken- +‎ word


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɹæŋkn̩ˌwɜː(ɹ)d/
  • (US) enPR: frăngkʹ(ə)n-wûrd', IPA(key): /ˈfɹæŋk(ə)nˌwɝd/


frankenword (plural frankenwords)

  1. (neologism) A word formed by combining two (or more) other words; a portmanteau.
    • 2005 December 15, Ruma Singh, “Know some good frankenwords?”, in Bangalore Times[1]:
      But what's noteworthy is the smorgasbord of new vocabulary, including 'frankenwords' (words joined to create new words) which deal with everyday situations.
    • 2007 February 1, M. Thelwall & R. Prabowo, “Identifying and characterising public science-related fears from RSS feeds”, in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology[2], volume 58, number 3:
      Noun phrase identification is extremely time consuming and may incorrectly process new words that emerge during a debate, eg frankenwords invented during the genetically modified food debate.
    • 2009 Fall, Ann duCille, “Marriage, Family, and Other" Peculiar Institutions" in African-American Literary History”, in American Literary History, volume 21, number 3, DOI:10.1093/alh/ajp016:
      A combination of "salvation" and "sacrifice," the coinage "salvific" does not necessarily flow trippingly from the tongue, but the monograph hardly needs a frankenword to make the case for the enduring relationship between African-American letters and racial uplift.

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