ag·​e·​last | \ ˈa-jə-ˌlast How to pronounce agelast (audio) \
plural agelasts

Definition of agelast

: 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

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!

First Known Use of agelast

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agelast

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about agelast

Time Traveler for agelast

Time Traveler

The first known use of agelast was in 1877

See more words from the same year

Statistics for agelast

Cite this Entry

“Agelast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on agelast

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


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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