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(Linguistics) another name for blend7
[C19: from the idea that two meanings are packed into one word]
1. to mix smoothly and inseparably.
2. to prepare by mixing various sorts or grades: I blend this tea by mixing chamomile with pekoe.v.i.
3. to intermingle smoothly and inseparably.
4. to fit or relate harmoniously: The voices blend well.
5. to have no perceptible separation: Sea and sky seemed to blend.n.
6. a mixture or kind produced by blending.
7. a word made by putting together parts of other words, as motel, made from motor and hotel, or guesstimate, from guess and estimate.
8. a sequence of two or more consonant sounds within a syllable, as the bl in blend; cluster.
[1250–1300; Middle English, Old English blendan to mix, for blandan]
syn: See mix.
A word formed by combining the sounds and meanings of two other words.
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|Noun||1.||portmanteau word - a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'"; "`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'"; "`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau"|
motel - a motor hotel
brunch - combination breakfast and lunch; usually served in late morning
shopaholic - a compulsive shopper; "shopaholics can never resist a bargain"
workaholic - person with a compulsive need to work
dandle - move (a baby) up and down in one's arms or on one's knees