[ pen-juh-luhs, pen-duh- ]
/ ˈpɛn dʒə ləs, ˈpɛn də- /


hanging down loosely: pendulous blossoms.
swinging freely; oscillating.
vacillating or undecided; wavering.

Origin of pendulous

First recorded in 1595–1605, pendulous is from the Latin word pendulus hanging, swinging. See pend, -ulous

SYNONYMS FOR pendulous

1 dangling, drooping, pendent, sagging.

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British Dictionary definitions for pendulous


/ (ˈpɛndjʊləs) /


hanging downwards, esp so as to swing from side to side

Derived Forms

pendulously, adverbpendulousness, noun

Word Origin for pendulous

C17: from Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang down
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