[ am-fi-gawr-ee, -gohr-ee ]
/ ˈæm fɪˌgɔr i, -ˌgoʊr i /

noun, plural am·phi·go·ries.

a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.

Nearby words

  1. amphidentate,
  2. amphidiploid,
  3. amphidromia,
  4. amphidromic point,
  5. amphigenous,
  6. amphigouri,
  7. amphikaryon,
  8. amphilochus,
  9. amphimacer,
  10. amphimarus

Origin of amphigory

1800–10; < French amphigouri, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + gouri; perhaps modeled on French equivalent of phantasmagoria

Related formsam·phi·gor·ic [am-fuh-gawr-ik, -gor-] /ˌæm fəˈgɔr ɪk, -ˈgɒr-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for amphigoric


amphigouri (ˈæmfɪˌɡʊərɪ)

/ (ˈæmfɪɡərɪ) /

noun plural -ries or -ris

a piece of nonsensical writing in verse or, less commonly, prose
Derived Formsamphigoric (ˌæmfɪˈɡɒrɪk), adjective

Word Origin for amphigory

C19: from French amphigouri, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for amphigoric



1809, "burlesque nonsense writing or verse," from French amphigouri, of unknown origin, perhaps from Greek amphi- (see amphi-) + gyros "circle," thus "circle on both sides," or second element may be from Greek -agoria "speech" (cf. allegory, category). Related: Amphigoric.

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