Definition of etymologist in English:

etymologist

noun

  • See etymology

    • ‘Anyway, bemused etymologists eventually tracked down the source of this confusion.’
    • ‘Thorne cites several theories which have been advanced by etymologists and cookery writers, none of which is particularly plausible.’
    • ‘An etymologist has now found that use of the term ‘software’ to describe computer programs dates back to 1958 and first appeared in a mathematics journal.’
    • ‘While virtually every dictionary describes the origins of ‘bamboozle’ as shrouded in obscurity, a few etymologists maintain its nautical pedigree.’
    • ‘And this is where the rules etymologists follow get rather complicated.’

Pronunciation

etymologist

/ɛtɪˈmɒlədʒɪst/