variants or less commonly nymphette
: a sexually precocious girl barely in her teens
also : a sexually attractive young woman

Examples of nymphet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a moment of serendipity, Saber encounters an underage nymphet with the luscious nickname Strawberry (Suzanna Son) who works at the local doughnut shop but dreams of a life in a faraway place. Erik Morse, Vogue, 10 Dec. 2021 Professor Humbert Humbert marries a widow to be near her nymphet daughter. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2021 Few seemed willing to forgive her for being a spoiled, non-virginal nymphet. Stacy Schiff, The New Yorker, 5 Mar. 2021 Her id-like nymphets bump up against censorious, finger-wagging brigades of peasant women and occasionally men — hapless tourists who have wandered into the wide shot. Julia Felsenthal, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 The most dangerous creature of all is the nymphet, the femme fatale, the siren who will lead a good man to ruin, a common archetype threaded throughout art, music and literature. Kim Liggett, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2020

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Word History


nymphet from nymph + -et entry 1; nymphette from nymph + -ette, or borrowed from French nymphette (borrowed from English nymphet)

Note: In the sense given the word is dependent on its use by Vladimir nabokov in the novel Lolita (1955).

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nymphet was in 1955

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“Nymphet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nymphet. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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