From Late Latin heteroclitus, from Ancient Greek ἑτερόκλιτος (heteróklitos), from ἕτερος (héteros, “other, another, different”) + κλίνω (klínō, “lean, incline”), the latter from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley-.
- Deviating from the ordinary rule; eccentric, abnormal.
- 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life & Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Penguin, published 2003, page 24:
- he was, on the contrary, as mercurial and sublimated a composition, […] as heteroclite a creature in all his declensions; […] with as much life and whim, and gaité de cœur about him, as the kindliest climate could have engendered and put together.
- 1997, Gene Wolfe, The Urth of the New Sun:
- Nor could I have dreamed the heteroclite crew-men I had met aboard Tzadkiel's ship ...
- (grammar) Being irregularly declined or inflected.
heteroclite (plural heteroclites)
- A person who is unconventional; a maverick
- (grammar) An irregularly declined or inflected word
- (linguistics) A word whose etymological roots come from distinct, different languages or language groups.