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Word Origin and History for strephon

Strephon

"lover," from name of shepherd lover in Sidney's "Arcadia" (begun 1580).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for strephon

Historical Examples

  • Behemoth was a Strephon, and he thought that he had found his Chloe.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • Strephon is in Parliament and carrying things with a high hand.

  • And you—you were content to let me play Strephon to your Chloe.

    Miss Hildreth, Volume 1 of 3

    Augusta de Grasse Stevens

  • Then Iolanthe, still hiding her identity, pleads Strephon's cause.

  • His severe and sarcastic admonitions leave Strephon lamenting.