harpagon

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Etymology[edit]

Adapted from Latin harpagō, gen. harpagōnis, from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, hook), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate), of uncertain origin. Doublet of harpoon.

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Noun[edit]

harpagon (plural harpagons)

  1. (obsolete) a grappling hook

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After Harpagon, the protagonist of Molière's The Miser (1668), whose name is an adaptation of Latin harpagō, gen. harpagōnis (grappling hook, grappling iron), from Ancient Greek ἁρπάγη (harpágē, hook), from ἁρπάζω (harpázō, to snatch away, to carry off, to seize, to captivate), of uncertain origin, and whence also harpon (harpoon).

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Noun[edit]

harpagon m (plural harpagons, feminine harpagonne)

  1. A very miserly and selfish person.
    Synonyms: avare

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  • The feminine form is much less common than its masculine counterpart.

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