- a study of words and derivations.
- the vocabulary of a particular language and the history of its words.
Origin of word-lore
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for word-lore
The writer on word-lore must of necessity build on what has already been done, happy if he can add a few bricks to the edifice.
In word-lore, as in other sciences, it is seldom safe to lay down the law without a little conscientious "hedging."