Abderian

adjective

Ab·​de·​ri·​an
(ˈ)ab¦dirēən
1
: of or belonging to the ancient city of Abdera or to its inhabitants
2
: foolish
Abderian laughter

Word History

Etymology

Abdera, city of ancient Thrace (borrowed from Greek Ábdēra) + -ian

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abderian was in 1737

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Abderian

Cite this Entry

“Abderian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Abderian. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!