AskDefine | Define apropos

Dictionary Definition

apropos adj : of an appropriate or pertinent nature [ant: malapropos] adv
1 by the way; "apropos, can you lend me some money for the weekend?" [syn: incidentally]
2 at an opportune time; "your letter arrived apropos" [syn: seasonably, timely, well-timed]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

à propos, by the way

Pronunciation

IPA: WEAE /ˌæp.ɹəˈpo/

Adjective

apropos (no comparative or superlative)
  1. Of an appropriate or pertinent nature.

Translations

  • Russian: уместный, подходящий

Preposition

apropos
  1. regarding or concerning
    Apropos the return home of the body of old King Nicholas of Montenegro ('Communists allow burial of Montenegro's last king', 2 October): King Alexander of Yugoslavia was his grandson, not his son-in-law.

Translations

regarding or concerning
  • French: à propos
  • Romanian: apropo de
  • Russian: кстати
  • Spanish: a propósito
  • Swedish: apropå

Antonyms

Derived terms

Adverb

apropos
  1. “By the way”.
  2. timely, at a good time.

Translations

by the way
  • German: apropos
  • Russian: кстати
timely, at a good time
  • German: apropos
  • Russian: кстати, вовремя, уместно

Quotations

Sherlock Holmes rose and lit his pipe. “No doubt you think that you are complimenting me in comparing me to Dupin,” he observed. “Now, in my opinion, Dupin was a very inferior fellow. That trick of his of breaking in on his friends' thoughts with an apropos remark after a quarter of an hour's silence is really very showy and superficial. He had some analytical genius, no doubt; but he was by no means such a phenomenon as Poe appeared to imagine.” —Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in A Study in Scarlet

German

Etymology

From à propos

Adverb

  1. apropos

Extensive Definition

Apropos (French for about "à propos") may refer to:
apropos in German: Apropos

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a propos, about, ad rem, adapted, admissible, against, anent, appertaining, applicable, applying, apposite, appropriate, apropos of, apt, as for, as regards, as respects, as to, becoming, befitting, belonging, by the by, by the way, concerning, dovetailing, en passant, felicitous, fit, fitted, fitting, for example, geared, germane, happy, in passing, in point, in re, in reference to, in respect to, incidentally, involving, just right, likely, material, meet, meshing, on the button, opportune, par exemple, parenthetically, pat, pertaining, pertinent, proper, qualified, re, regarding, relevant, respecting, right, seasonable, sortable, speaking of, suitable, suited, suiting, tailored, to the point, to the purpose, touching, toward, with respect to
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