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Definition of the noun Aptronym

What does Aptronym mean as a name of something?


  1. A name that is aptly suited to its owner.


Aptronym: An aptronym or charactonym is a name aptly suited to its owner. The medieval Latin poem Eupolemius uses aptronyms based on Greek words to allegorise the story of the Gospel. In the book What's in a Name?, author Paul Dickson cites a long list of aptronyms originally compiled by Professor Lewis P. Lipsitt, of Brown University. Psychologist Carl Jung wrote in his 1952 book, Synchronicity, that there was a "sometimes quite grotesque coincidence between a man's name and his peculiarities".

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Google previewIdentify Yourself (2017)

The Logo for Your Life by Lora Starling

An aptronym is a name that matches the occupation or character of its owner; for example if you are called Mr Bun it increases your chances of becoming a baker. Sara Blizzard and Amy Freeze are both meteorologists and Rich(ard) Fairbank ...

Google previewThe Grandiloquent Dictionary - Tenth Anniversary Edition (2010)

by Christopher Bird

in the sunshine aproneer - A merchant or shopkeeper aprosexia - The inability to concentrate aptronym - An appropriate name for someone or something aquabib - An individual who only drinks water aquaphobia - The fear of water aquiline ...

Google previewDictionary of Jargon (Routledge Revivals) (2013)

by Jonathon Green

aptronym n [Literarycriticism] a term coined bythe columnist Franklin P.Adams: a namethat suitsits bearer, eg:Mrs. Doasyouwouldbedoneby; Mr. Wackford Squeers, etc. APV n[Business] abbr of Administrative Point of View the ...

Google previewDictionary Of World Literature - Criticism, Forms, Technique (2013)

by Joseph T Shipley,

Ghost-writer, allonyn, ananym, aptronym. Meaning, emotive, Semantics ...

Google previewDictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (2012)

by J. A. Cuddon


Google previewA Dictionary of Entomology (2011)

APTRONYM Noun. (Latin, aptus > apere to fasten, apisci = to grasp + Greek, onoma = name) A name appropriate for someone or something. APYRENE Adj. (Greek, a = without + pyren = fruit ...

Google previewDictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (2011)

by David Crystal

aptronym (n.) A term used in ONOMASTICS for a name which derives from a person's nature or occupation, such as the ...

Google previewMerriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (1995)

by Merriam-Webster, Inc

aptronym \'ap-tro-nim\ A name that fits some aspect of a character, as in Mr. Talkative and Mr. Worldly Wiseman in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress, or Mrs. Malaprop in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play The Rivals. The term ...

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Video shows what aptronym means. A name that is aptly suited to its owner.. aptronym synonyms: euonym, aptonym, charactonym. Aptronym Meaning. How to ...

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Scrabble value of A1P3T1R1O1N1Y4M3

The value of this 8-letter word is 15 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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