noun ag·e·last \ˈa-jə-ˌlast\

Definition of agelast



  1. :  a person who never laughs And in the Essay on Comedy he did at least remind us that in scholarship and in literature, or indeed in any of the circumstances of our mortal careers, the final word should not be with the agelast, the one who never laughs. — Richard Franko Goldman, American Scholar, Winter 1966–67

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Origin and Etymology of agelast

borrowed from Middle French agelaste (Rabelais), borrowed from Greek agélastos “not laughing, grave, gloomy,” from a- 2a- + gelastós, verbal adjective of gelân “to laugh” — more at 1clean

First Known Use: 1877

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to criticize severely

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