Origin of gnathonic

1630–40; < Latin gnathōnicus, derivative of Gnathōn- (stem of Gnathō) name of a sycophantic character in the Roman comedy Eunuchus by Terence; see -ic
Related formsgna·thon·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for gnathonic


  1. literary deceitfully flattering; sycophantic
Derived Formsgnathonically, adverb

Word Origin for gnathonic

C17: from Latin gnathōnicus, from Gnathō, such a character in the Eunuchus, Roman comedy by Terence
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