nymphet

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

nymph +‎ -et (diminutive), attested 1612.

Noun[edit]

nymphet (plural nymphets)

  1. (obsolete) A small nymph. [17th-19th c.]
  2. A sexually attractive girl or young woman. [from 20th c.]

Usage notes[edit]

More common than the alternative spelling nymphette, which uses the more standard feminine suffix -ette.

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References[edit]

  • The changing English language, Brian Foster, 1968, pp. 185–186 – on spelling nymphet versus nymphette