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A humorous neologism coined by television writer David X. Cohen. It first appeared in the 1996 Simpsons episode Lisa the Iconoclast.

Ends in -ent similar to excellent.



cromulent (comparative more cromulent, superlative most cromulent)

  1. (humorous) Fine, acceptable or normal; excellent, realistic, legitimate or authentic.
    • 1996 February 18, Matt Groening et al., “Lisa the Iconoclast”, The Simpsons season 7 episode 16:
      Mrs. Krabappel: "Embiggens"? I never heard that word before moving to Springfield.
      Ms. Hoover: I don't know why, it's a perfectly cromulent word.


      Principal Skinner: He's embiggened that role with his cromulent performance.

    • 2005 August 27, MC Frontalot, “Nerdcore Rising” (song)[1], in Nerdcore Rising (album): 
      We consider the possibleness of this not overstated.
      And I know that "possibleness" is not a cromulent word;
      every syllable injected is intended to be the one you heard
      (an absurd juxtaposition of mission and goal).
    • 2006 April 10, “Obituaries and In Memoriams: Benjamin Sidney Linton”, Charlotte Observer:
      He had a boundless passion for music and entertained many with his beautiful voice and perfectly cromulent sense of humor.
    • 2007 October 26, Alan M. Polansky, Observed Confidence Levels, Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall, ISBN 9781584888024, OL 12313827M, page 216:
      There are certainly other cromulent techniques which may perform well for certain models and assumptions.
    • 2008, David A. Karp, Windows Vista Annoyances, Sebastopol: O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596527624, OL 10781059M, page 505:
      Of course, you may encounter a new program that doesn't work reliably with UNC paths, and this is a perfectly cromulent workaround.
    • 2009 May 15, Bryan O'Sullivan; Stewart, Don; Goerzen, John, Real World Haskell, Sebastopol: O'Reilly, ISBN 9780596514983, OL 22647856M, page 86:
      How well does this function work? For positive integers, it's perfectly cromulent.


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