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Word Origin and History for vorpal

adj.

1871, invented by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking-Glass."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for vorpal

Historical Examples

  • And through, and through,The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!

    The Best Nonsense Verses

    Various

  • He took his vorpal sword in hand:Long time the manxome foe he sought.

  • He took his vorpal sword in hand;Long time the manxome foe he sought.

  • Along his line of work he took his “vorpal” sword in hand and severed all the knots and twists of the mathematical Jabberwocky.

  • Oh, the excitement of that moment when the “vorpal” sword went “snicker-snack” through the writhing neck of the monster!