bardolater

noun
bard·​ol·​a·​ter | \ bär-ˈdä-lə-tər How to pronounce bardolater (audio) \

Definition of bardolater

: a person who idolizes Shakespeare

Other Words from bardolater

bardolatry \ bär-​ˈdä-​lə-​trē How to pronounce bardolater (audio) \ noun

Did you know?

George Bernard Shaw once described a Shakespeare play as "stagy trash." Another time, Shaw said he'd like to dig Shakespeare from the grave and throw stones at him. Shaw could be equally scathing toward Shakespeare's adoring fans. He called them "foolish Bardolaters," wrote of "Bardolatrous" ignoramuses, and called blind Shakespeare worship "Bardolatry." Oddly enough, Shaw didn't despise Shakespeare or his work (on the contrary, he was, by his own admission, an admirer), but he disdained those who placed the man beyond reproach. The word bardolater, which Shaw coined by blending Shakespeare's epithet - "the Bard" - with an affix that calls to mind "idolater," has stuck with us to this day, though it has lost some of its original critical sting.

First Known Use of bardolater

1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bardolater

Bard (of Avon), epithet of Shakespeare + -o- + -later

Learn More About bardolater

Time Traveler for bardolater

Time Traveler

The first known use of bardolater was in 1903

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast About bardolater

Dictionary Entries Near bardolater

bardo

bardolater

Bardolino

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bardolater

Cite this Entry

“Bardolater.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bardolater. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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