[ek-diz-ee-ast, -ist]


Origin of ecdysiast

ecdysi(s) + -ast; coined by H. L. Mencken in 1940 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for ecdysiast

stripper, ecdysiast, peeler, stripteaser

British Dictionary definitions for ecdysiast



a facetious word for stripper (def. 1)

Word Origin for ecdysiast

C20: (coined by H. L. Mencken) from ecdysis + -ast, variant of -ist
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Word Origin and History for ecdysiast

H.L. Mencken's invented proper word for "strip-tease artist," 1940, from Greek ekdysis "a stripping or casting off" (used scientifically with reference to serpents shedding skin or crustacea molting), from ekdyein "to put off" (contrasted with endyo "to put on"), from ek (see ex-) + dyein "to enter, to put on."

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