or word·lore

[ wurd-lawr, -lohr ]
/ ˈwɜrdˌlɔr, -ˌloʊr /


a study of words and derivations.
the vocabulary of a particular language and the history of its words.

Origin of word-lore

First recorded in 1865–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for word-lore

  • The writer on word-lore must of necessity build on what has already been done, happy if he can add a few bricks to the edifice.

  • In word-lore, as in other sciences, it is seldom safe to lay down the law without a little conscientious "hedging."