ec·​dys·​i·​ast ek-ˈdi-zē-ˌast How to pronounce ecdysiast (audio)

Examples of ecdysiast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her skeevy, low-light photographs of these amateur ecdysiasts on makeshift stages, naked in front of boys as well as men, were supplemented by recordings in which the women opened up about their lives while relaxing alone or with clients. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 6 Aug. 2018

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Word History


ecdysi(s) + -ast

Note: Word originated by H.L. mencken; for his account of the coinage and reaction to it, see The American Language: Supplement I (New York, 1945), pp. 584-87.

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ecdysiast was in 1940

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Cite this Entry

“Ecdysiast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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