American English

Definition of spoonerism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



jump to other results
a mistake in which you change around the first sounds of two words by mistake when saying them, often with a humorous result, for example well-boiled icicle for well-oiled bicycle Named after W.A. Spooner (1844–1930), the head of New College, Oxford, who was said to have made many mistakes like this when he spoke.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spoonerism