Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

Procrustes

play
noun Pro·crus·tes \prə-ˈkrəs-(ˌ)tēz, prō-\

Definition of Procrustes

  1. :  a villainous son of Poseidon in Greek mythology who forces travelers to fit into his bed by stretching their bodies or cutting off their legs



Origin and Etymology of procrustes

Latin, from Greek Prokroustēs


First Known Use: 1567

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms


Learn More about procrustes


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Procrustes? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not forbidden by law

Get Word of the Day daily email!