Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Definitions for cruciverbalist
- A designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.
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Citations for cruciverbalist
"What kind of writer are you, then?" prods Middle. "A cruciverbalist," Claire says, regretting the word even as it leaves her lips.
In high school I was a closet cruciverbalist [because] working on crosswords seemed so uncool.
Origin of cruciverbalist
This young word was coined in the late 1970s and entered the vernacular in 1990. Cruciverablist is derived from two Latin roots crux meaning 'cross' and verbum, meaning 'word.'