Dictionary.com

spelunker

[ spi-luhng-ker ]
/ spɪˈlʌŋ kər /
Save This Word!

noun

a person who explores caves, especially as a hobby.

QUIZZES

THINK YOU’VE GOT A HANDLE ON THIS US STATE NICKNAME QUIZ?

Did you ever collect all those state quarters? Put them to good use on this quiz about curious state monikers and the facts around them.
Question 1 of 8
Mississippi’s nickname comes from the magnificent trees that grow there. What is it?

Origin of spelunker

1940–45; <Latin spēlunc(a) cave (≪ Greek spêlynx, stem spēlyng-, akin to spḗlaion;cf. spelaean) + -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM spelunker

spe·lunk·ing, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for spelunker

spelunker
/ (spɪˈlʌŋkə) /

noun

a person whose hobby is the exploration and study of caves

Derived forms of spelunker

spelunking, noun

Word Origin for spelunker

C20: from Latin spēlunca, from Greek spēlunx a cave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Tired of Typos? Get Help Now!