EPONYMS



An eponym (from the Greek epi- "upon" + onoma "name") is a word formed from a person's name. The adjective eponymous is used to describe something named after someone. For example, Robinson Crusoe is an eponymous work named after the main character.




EPONYMS
Key: The word's language of origin appears directly below it, and to the right of that is an example sentence and an etymology, along with any related themes.

Word
Phonetic Pronunciation
Part of Speech
Definition
brainiac
Eponyms
BRAY-knee-ack
a very intelligent person
Ex.
Ex. 2.
Etym.

Rel. Themes:
Her son is a brainiac when it comes to computers.
Video game companies employ armies of brainiacs to do the best graphic design work.
From Braniac, superintelligent villain in Superman. Brainiac first appeared in Action Comics #242 (July 1958).
Eponyms | Likely Literary



lothario
Eponym
lo-THER-ee-oh
a man whose chief interest is seducing women
Ex.

Etym.
Rel. Themes:
Don't let his dashing looks deceive you - he's nothing more than a conniving lothario with no interest in a long-term commitment.
From Lothario, character in Nicholas Rowe's 1703 play The Fair Penitent.
Eponyms | High-Falutin' Insults | Likely Literary | There's A Word For That?



sapphic
Greek
Eponym
SAF-ik adjective 1. capitalized: of or relating to the Greek poet Sappho
2. lesbian
Ex.
Etym.
Rel. Themes:
The inclusion of a sapphic romantic subplot lent the play an unusual allure.
From the Greek lyric poetess Sappho, who lived on the isle of Lesbos c. 600 B.C.
Eponyms | Little-known Synonyms for Well-known Words



tomfoolery
Eponym
Middle English
tom-FOO-luh-ree, -FOOL-ree
the action or behavior of a tomfool; playful or foolish behavior; silly trifling
Ex.
Etym.
Rel. Themes:
Mother got so fed up with the neighbors' tomfoolery that she up and moved.
From the Middle English nickname Thom Foole, given to any half-witted man.
Eponyms, Sounds Silly





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