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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɜːdstə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɝdstɚ/
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- Hyphenation: word‧ster
wordster (plural wordsters)
- One who is skilled at using words; a wordsmith. [from early 20th c.]
- 1903 January, H[orace] T[raubel], “Collect”, in Horace Traubel, editor, The Conservator, number 11, Philadelphia, Pa.: Innes & Sons, 200 S. Tenth Street, OCLC 1697211, page 162, column 1:
- The toiler toils. The wordster words. And you say all your prayers in words. Toil is always alive. But words are dead.
- One who studies words.
- (derogatory) One who uses words instead of actions; a hypocrite, a verbalist.
- 1909, James Douglas, “Spring Gardens”, in Adventures in London, London; New York, N.Y.: Cassell and Company, Limited, OCLC 933105738, page 230:
- It is not easy to analyse the personality of the [London County] Council, but it is a sharply-marked personality. […] It despises the wordster and the tonguester. It is, in short, a big committee rather than a Parliament.
- 1921, Henry Arthur Jones, “Letter Five: Mr. Wells Invents a New Kind of Honesty”, in My Dear Wells: A Manual for the Haters of England: Being a Series of Letters upon Bolshevism, Collectivism, Internationalism, and the Distribution of Wealth Addressed to Mr. H. G. Wells, 2nd edition, London: Eveleigh Nash & Grayson Ltd., 148, Strand, OCLC 58894060, page 37:
- 1965, Nation, number 160–184, Sydney, N.S.W.: Nation, ISSN 0027-836X, OCLC 173345335, page 145, column 1:
- Why should the prospect, however remote, of a communist government in Vietnam cause us to panic. Mr. Menzies' alarm causes no surprise; he lives in the past. In any case, he is a mere wordster, a trifler when it comes to foreign affairs, which have always been his Achilles heel.
one skilled at using words
one who studies words
one who uses words instead of actions — see hypocrite