portmanteau word

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portmanteau word

A word that is formed by combining syllables from several other words. Each part of the portmanteau word typically retains its original meaning; in combination, then, they give the portmanteau word its unique meaning. For instance, a "dramedy" (a work that is both dramatic and funny) is a portmanteau word combining "drama" and "comedy." Did you know that "brunch" is just a portmanteau word created from "breakfast" and "lunch"? It seems like every famous couple in Hollywood has a portmanteau word that combines their two names.
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Its name a portmanteau word of "no kerosene," Nokero manufactures solar products at prices that make them accessible to impoverished communities, and it works with nonprofits around the world to solve energy poverty.
An example of a Portmanteau word is Brunch, from Breakfast and Lunch.
For example, in "la lave en valdrague" (VI, 34), valdrague may be regarded as a portmanteau word composed of the verbs valdinguer and draguer, or as a pun on "la lave en valdrague.
The object of his seduction--or perhaps his seducer, for roles, like everything else, shift continually in this volume--is introduced as "Wide-eyed Anuncia," a portmanteau word containing both the Virgin Mary's annunciation and the spider-trickster figure Ananse.
Ramsay emphasizes that we should understand "brigands" not as vagabonds or the poor, but as a portmanteau word that "blurred distinctions and confounded groups" and that "left a sense of illegality and exteriority regarding society and its norms", and that could thus carry the Fear "between classes and estates, from country to town and back".
As Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice, a portmanteau word is one made up of parts of two familiar words.