nymphette

n.

also nymphet, nymphete, "sexually attractive young girl," 1955, introduced by Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) in his novel "Lolita" to describe alluring (in the eyes of some men) girls age 9 to 14; from nymph + diminutive suffix. Used from 17c. in sense "a little nymph."


Nearby words

  1. nymphaeum,
  2. nymphalid,
  3. nymphean,
  4. nymphectomy,
  5. nymphet,
  6. nymphitis,
  7. nympho,
  8. nympho-,
  9. nympholepsy,
  10. nympholept

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