[ 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 Formspendulously, adverbpendulousness, noun

Word Origin for pendulous

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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