Definition of spoonerism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈspuːnərɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspuːnərɪzəm//
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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 related entries: Linguistic devices
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