Portmanteau word

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A portmanteau is a word that comes from mixing parts of two (or more) other words together.

Origin[change | change source]

Portmanteau originally meant a type of suitcase with two separate parts for storage. The first use as a word combination appeared in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass where Humpty Dumpty explains that some of the unusual words in Jabberwocky are combinations of other words packed together into one word, as two parts of a portmanteau suitcase are packed together.

Examples[change | change source]

Portmanteau itself is an example, combining the French words for carry (porter) and coat (manteau) into a coat carrier. Wikipedia is a portmanteau of wiki (Hawaiian for fast) and encyclopedia.