apropos


apropos
apropos
is pronounced with stress on the first syllable and the last syllable as in so. Despite its French origin (17c), it is always written in English as one word without an accent. Its main uses are as a preposition, with or without a linking of

• (Her voice, as has been mentioned apropos that of Boudicca, was not harsh —Antonia Fraser, 1988

• And then I thought, apropos of my last blog entry, about gender roles —weblog, AmE 2004).

Apropos of nothing (and informal variants such as apropos of bugger all) has become a cliché that means little more than ‘unexpectedly, out of the blue'

• (Apropos of nothing she declared that love must be wonderful —G. Clare, 1981).


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • APROPOS — APROPOS, L APROPOS.     L apropos est comme l avenir, l atour, l ados, et plusieurs termes pareils, qui ne composent plus aujourd hui qu un seul mot, et qui en faisaient deux autrefois.     Si vous dites, A propos j oubliais de vous parler de… …   Dictionnaire philosophique de Voltaire

  • Apropos — est une commande POSIX qui permet de lister les manuels dont la description comprends les mots passés en arguments. Chaque page de manuel comporte une courte description; apropos recherche et affiche cette description pour chaque page… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • apropos — est une commande POSIX qui permet de lister les manuels dont la description comprend les mots passés en arguments. Chaque page de manuel comporte une courte description; apropos recherche et affiche cette description pour chaque page… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • apropos — (à propos) Ptkl übrigens erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (17. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. à propos zur (behandelten) Sache, zum richtigen Zeitpunkt kommend , dieses hypostasiert aus frz. à zu und frz. propos Zweck, Anlaß, Vorsatz , einer… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • apropos — [adj] relevant, suitable applicable, apposite, appropriate, apt, befitting, belonging, correct, fit, fitting, germane, kosher*, legit*, material, on the button*, on the nose*, opportune, pertinent, proper, related, right, right on*, seemly;… …   New thesaurus

  • Apropos — Ap ro*pos ([a^]p r[ o]*p[=o] ), a. & adv. [F. [ a] propos; [ a] (L. ad) + propos purpose, L. proposium plan, purpose, fr. proponere to propose. See {Propound}.] 1. Opportunely or opportune; seasonably or seasonable. [1913 Webster] A tale… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • apropos — I adjective akin, applicable, apposite, appropriate, apt, belonging, concerning, connected, felicitous, fit, germane, linked, pertaining to, pertinent, related, relevant, suitable II index akin (germane), apposite …   Law dictionary

  • apropos — Adv. (Mittelstufe) geh.: nebenbei bemerkt Synonym: übrigens Beispiel: Aber apropos Urlaub, wir fahren morgen nach Spanien …   Extremes Deutsch

  • apropos — [ap΄rə pō′] adv. [Fr à propos, to the purpose < L ad, to + propositus, pp. of proponere, PROPOSE] 1. at the right time; opportunely 2. by the way: used to introduce a remark adj. fitting the occasion; relevant; apt prep. in connection with;… …   English World dictionary

  • apropos of — variant UK US Main entry: apropos …   Useful english dictionary


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