Sis·​y·​phus ˈsi-sə-fəs How to pronounce Sisyphus (audio)
: a legendary king of Corinth condemned eternally to repeatedly roll a heavy rock up a hill in Hades only to have it roll down again as it nears the top

Word History


Latin, from Greek Sisyphos

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sisyphus was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sisyphus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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