noun1 : a large suitcase 2 : a word or morpheme whose form and meaningare derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms
The word “ginormous” is a portmanteau of “gigantic” and “enormous.”
“… the rumors that the singer[Rihanna] is now dating LeonardoDiCaprio may or may not be true, but they do give the world the portmanteau RihCaprio.” — AlisonHerman, Flavorwire, March 20, 2015
Did you know?
In Lewis Carroll‘s Through the Looking Glass, Alice asks HumptyDumpty to explain words from the nonsense poem “Jabberwocky” and is told that slithy is “like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.” Although slithy hasn‘t caught on (it’s made up of slimy and lithe, accordingto Humpty Dumpty), anotherportmanteau invented by Carroll has in fact found a place in the language: chortle (supposedly from chuckle and snort). English includes otherportmanteaus, too, such as brunch(breakfast and lunch) and dramedy(drama and comedy). FollowingCarroll‘s lead, English speakers havecome to call these fairly commonwords by the not-so-common namefor a type of traveling bag with two compartments. The technical (and simpler) term for such words is blend.