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[pen-juh-luhs, pen-duh-]
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  1. hanging down loosely: pendulous blossoms.
  2. swinging freely; oscillating.
  3. vacillating or undecided; wavering.
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Origin of pendulous

First recorded in 1595–1605, pendulous is from the Latin word pendulus hanging, swinging. See pend, -ulous
Related formspen·du·lous·ly, adverbpen·du·lous·ness, nounsem·i·pen·du·lous, adjectivesem·i·pen·du·lous·ly, adverbsem·i·pen·du·lous·ness, nounun·pen·du·lous, adjectiveun·pen·du·lous·ly, adverbun·pen·du·lous·ness, noun


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1. dangling, drooping, pendent, sagging.
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Historical Examples

  • His nose was pendulous and his eyes were closely set, with too crafty a look for honesty.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • It is readily distinguished by its flat horns and pendulous, hairy muzzle.

    Boy Scouts Handbook

    Boy Scouts of America

  • Pendulous: drooping: hanging free, attached to one end only.

  • Seeds compressed, pendulous, prolonged in a membranous wing.

  • This attention does not stop at the pendulous and loose prepuce.

British Dictionary definitions for pendulous


  1. hanging downwards, esp so as to swing from side to side
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Derived Formspendulously, adverbpendulousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin pendulus, from pendēre to hang down
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Word Origin and History for pendulous


c.1600, from Latin pendulus "hanging down," figuratively "doubtful, uncertain, hesitating," from pendere "to hang" (see pendant). Related: Pendulously.

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