follow Dictionary.com

7 Essential Words of Fall

gnomic1

[noh-mik, nom-ik] /ˈnoʊ mɪk, ˈnɒm ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or resembling a gnome.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; gnome1 + -ic

gnomic2

[noh-mik, nom-ik] /ˈnoʊ mɪk, ˈnɒm ɪk/
adjective
1.
like or containing gnomes or aphorisms.
2.
of, pertaining to, or noting a writer of aphorisms, especially any of certain Greek poets.
Also, gnomical.
Origin
1805-15; < Greek gnōmikós. See gnome2, -ic
Related forms
gnomically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for gnomic
  • They function as a gnomic clue that what you are seeing is intentional, while discouraging further conversation or inquiry.
  • The more gnomic their pronouncements, the more they seemed to the impressionable to be deeply wise and romantic.
  • The ephemeral is not the same thing as the irreducibly private, the comprehensively gnomic.
British Dictionary definitions for gnomic

gnomic

/ˈnəʊmɪk; ˈnɒm-/
adjective
1.
consisting of, containing, or relating to gnomes or aphorisms
2.
of or relating to a writer of such sayings
Derived Forms
gnomically, adverb
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
Cite This Source
Contemporary definitions for gnomic
adjective

pertaining to maxims

Word Origin

Greek gnome 'maxim' + -ikos '-ic'

adjective

expressing what is generally or universally true

Word Origin

Greek gnome 'maxim' + -ikos '-ic'

adjective

pertaining to or being like a gnome

Word Origin

French gnome + -ic

Dictionary.com's 21st Century Lexicon
Copyright © 2003-2014 Dictionary.com, LLC
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gnomic
adj.

"full of instructive sayings," 1815, from French gnomique (18c.) and directly from Late Latin gnomicus "concerned with maxims, didactic," from Greek gnomikos, from gnome "thought, opinion, maxim, intelligence," from root of gignoskein "to come to know" (see gnostic). English gnome meant "short, pithy statement of general truth" (1570s). Gnomical is attested from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for gnomic

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gnomic

11
15
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with gnomic

Nearby words for gnomic