cruciverbalist

cruciverbalist

[kroo-suh-vur-buh-list]
noun
a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.

Origin:
1975–80; < Latin cruci‐, stem of crux cross + verbalist

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cruciverbalist (ˌkruːsɪˈvɜːbəlɪst)
 
n
a crossword puzzle enthusiast
 
[C20: from Latin crux cross + verbum word]

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cruciverbalist
"maker of crossword puzzles," by 1990, coined in English from L. cruci-, comb. form of crux "cross" + verbum "word."
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