How many Contronyms are there in the English language?

75 contronyms
From our full list of 75 contronyms, you can tell that there are many examples of contronyms in the English language that we use in everyday conversation. As a result, you may also come across these words in your IELTS Speaking test.

What do you know about Contranyms or Autoantonym?

An autoantonym (pronounced auto-ANTA-nim) is a word with two opposite meanings. A familiar example is the Hawaiian word aloha, which means both “hello” and “goodbye.” Autoantonyms (also known as contranyms, contronyms, and Janus words) are not rare. We see, hear, and use them all the time.

What word is a contronym?

A contronym, often referred to as a Janus word or auto-antonym, is a word that evokes contradictory or reverse meanings depending on the context. Specifically, a contronym is a word with a homonym (another word with the same spelling but different meaning) that is also an antonym (a word with the opposite meaning).

Do other languages have Contronyms?

Contronyms are also present in other languages; in French, hôte means either host or guest while in Hawaiian, aloha means both hello and goodbye. The same is said for ciao in Italian.

What is another word for lollygagging?

What is another word for lollygag?

dally dawdle
poke slack
tarry delay
linger procrastinate
shirk shilly-shally

Can humans chalant?

A: No, there’s no “chalant,” just “nonchalant.” Only the negative form of the word has found a home in English. As the Oxford English Dictionary explains, “nonchalant” was borrowed from French sometime before 1734.

Is literally a Contranym?

So, when a person says “I was literally dying of laughter,” they are using the word “literally” to show that they are using exaggerated language. If you compare this use of “literally” with the first definition of “literally,” you will notice that “literally” has become a contronym.

What is lollygagging slang for?

informal. : to fool around and waste time : dawdle Stop lollygagging and get to work. We were slow because the girl was lollygagging, the photographer was photographing, and I was on crutches.— James Robison The first author he’d chosen was lollygagging on his manuscript, so it was my chance.—

Where did the term lollygag originate?

“Lollygag,” also known historically as “lallygag,” comes into English in the mid-19th century meaning to dawdle. However, at that time, “lollygag” also meant to fool around. Yes, that kind of fooling around.

Can you just be chalant?

Where did the term Lollygagger come from?