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a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two or more others.

Common examples include smog, combining smoke and fog. Examples used in Meaning(s)–this glossary–include Toolishness and Wantrepreneur.

Etymology: Lewis Carroll introduces the term in his 1871 book Through the Looking-Glass, “You see it’s like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word.” A portmanteau (in English, the word is borrowed from French) is a valise-like suitcase that opens into two equal sections.