Zo·​i·​lus | \ˈzōələs\
plural Zoiluses\-​sə̇z \ also Zoili\-​ˌlī \

Definition of Zoilus 

: a bitter and usually enviously carping critic : one given to unjust quibbling and faultfinding : belittler, caviler — compare aristarch, momus

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!

History and Etymology for Zoilus

after, Zoilus 4th century b.c. Greek rhetorician and critic who was notable for the severity of his criticisms of Homer's poems

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Zoilus

Statistics for Zoilus

Look-up Popularity

Comments on Zoilus

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


the figure or shape of a crescent moon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

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