Word Of The Day 3-20-2017

agelast

ag·e·last \ˈa-jə-ˌlast\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words
plural agelasts

:  a person who never laughs.

Example

And in the Essay on Comedy he did at least remind us that in scholarship and in literature, or indeed in any of the circumstances of our mortal careers, the final word should not be with the agelast, the one who never laughs. — Richard Franko Goldman, American Scholar, Winter 1966–67

Origin

borrowed from Middle French agelaste (Rabelais), borrowed from Greek agélastos “not laughing, grave, gloomy,” from a + gelastós, verbal adjective of gelân “to laugh.”

First Known Use: 1877


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agelast

 

 

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