[lahy-buh-luh s]


containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.

Nearby words

  1. libelant,
  2. libelee,
  3. libeler,
  4. libellant,
  5. libellee,
  6. libelously,
  7. liber,
  8. liber extra,
  9. libera,
  10. liberace

Also especially British, li·bel·lous.

Origin of libelous

First recorded in 1610–20; libel + -ous

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for libelous



also libellous, 1610s, from libel (n.) + -ous. Related: Libelously; libelousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper