Wordster, wordmonger, and other words about words
Trying to write the introduction to this post without overusing the word word is going to be difficult. It may become something of a tongue-twister. But, essentially, we’ve looked at words beginning with word in the Oxford English Dictionary, knowing that wordsmiths like you will want more word words to add to your vocabulary… got it?
Many of these words are now not common in English. We’ve arranged them in order of earliest known use, from most recent to oldest.
Definition: a person who uses words, especially skilfully or (in early use, depreciatively) in place of action. Also: a student of words and their meanings.
First recorded use: 1904, Love Triumphant by F. L. Knowles: ‘Your dainty wordsters may cry, ‘Uncouth!’ As they shrink from his bellows’ glow.’
Definition: capable of being expressed in words.
First recorded use: 1890, Bismarck (N. Dakota) Daily Tribune: ‘The “gossip” is obliged to wait quite a little while before said gossip can form any wordable thing out of the jumble of syllables muttered rapidly by the first gossip.’
Definition: a word, especially a little or slight one. (Scottish)
First recorded use: 1718, Christ’s-kirk on Green by A. Ramsay: ‘She her Man, like a Lamy led Hame, wi a well wail’d Wordy.’
Definition: the quality of being wordy; excess or multiplicity of words; verbosity.
First recorded use: 1680, The True Way and Only Way of Concord of all the Christian Churches by Richard Baxter: ‘And indeed, notwithstanding the tedious wordiness of it, it hath little in it..fully answered by Voetius.’
Definition: constrained or limited in respect of words; especially unable to use words freely or fluently.
First recorded use: 1644, Fall of Man by William Newport: ‘For a Christian to be absolutely word-bound, to be tied so to anothers forme or his own, that he hath no liberty to vary in any expression, is a great bondage.’
Definition: a person who uses (many) words; a chatterer. Also a person who puts something into words.
First recorded use: 1606, Schelomonocham by J. Carpenter: ‘They were neither worders, or giuen to high laughter.’
Definition: originally a person who deals in strange, pedantic, or empty words; now also a person skilled in the use of words.
First recorded use: 1590, Tarltons Newes out of Purgatorie ‘The word-mongers of malice, that like the Vipers grew odious to their own kinde.’
Definition: consisting in or concerned with (mere) words, or using an excess of words.
First recorded use: a1586, An Apologie for Poetrie by Philip Sidney: ‘A perfect picture I say, for hee yeeldeth to the powers of the minde, an image of that whereof the Philosopher bestoweth but a woordish description.’
Definition: a store of words; the vocabulary of a person, group, or language.
First recorded use: Old English, Metres of Boethius: ‘Ða se wisdom eft wordhord onleac, sang soðcwidas.’