noun Etymology: Greek ekdysīs Date: 1940 stripteaser

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  • ecdysiast — H.L. Mencken s invented proper word for strip tease artist, 1940, from Gk. ekdysis a stripping or casting off (used scientifically with ref. to serpents shedding skin or crustacea molting), from ekdyein to put off (contrasted with endyo to put on …   Etymology dictionary

  • ecdysiast — ☆ ecdysiast [ek diz′ē ast΄ ] n. [coined (1940) by MENCKEN H(enry) L(ouis) < ECDYSIS + ast, one occupied with (< ME aste < L astes < Gr astēs)] a stripteaser …   English World dictionary

  • ecdysiast — Stripper Strip per, n. 1. One who, or that which, strips; specifically, a machine for stripping cards. [1913 Webster] 2. (Agric.) A cow that has nearly stopped giving milk, so that it can be obtained from her only by stripping. [Webster 1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ecdysiast — noun /ɛkˈdɪz.i.æst/ An erotic dancer who removes their clothes as a form of entertainment; a stripper. I had never seen an ecdysiast before; toward the end she was wearing nothing but seven beads, four of them sweat. Syn: exotic dancer, stripper …   Wiktionary

  • ecdysiast — /ek diz ee ast , ist/, n. stripper (def. 3). [ECDYSI(S) + ast, var. of IST after a vowel; coined by H. L. Mencken in 1940] * * * …   Universalium

  • ecdysiast — n. (Humorous term) stripper, person who performs a striptease …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ecdysiast — [ɛk dɪzɪast] noun humorous a striptease performer. Origin 1940s: from Gk ekdusis shedding , on the pattern of enthusiast …   English new terms dictionary

  • ecdysiast — ec·dys·i·ast …   English syllables

  • ecdysiast — ec•dys•i•ast [[t]ɛkˈdɪz iˌæst, ɪst[/t]] n. stripper 2) • Etymology: ecdysi (s) + ast; coined by H. L. Mencken in 1940 …   From formal English to slang

  • ecdysiast — /ɛkˈdɪziæst/ (say ek d1zeeast) noun a striptease dancer. {coined by HL Mencken, 1880–1956, US author, from ecdysis} …   Australian English dictionary

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