Definition of alazon in English:

alazon

noun

  • A stock character in ancient Greek comedy characterized by arrogance, misplaced self-confidence, and a failure to recognize irony. Hence in extended use: a character of this type. Contrasted with eiron.

    See also eiron

Origin

Early 20th century. From ancient Greek ἀλαζών boaster, perhaps from Ἀλαζῶνες (plural), the name of a Thracian tribe mentioned in Herodotus.

Pronunciation

alazon

/ˈaləzɒn/