One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A writer of comedies.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Abraham Fleming (c1552–1607), author, literary editor, and Church of England clergyman. Originally (i) from post-classical Latin comoediographus comic writer (3rd cent.; from Hellenistic Greek κωμῳδιογραϕος from ancient Greek κωμῳδία + -γραϕος) + -er.
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