Meaning of cruciverbalist in English:


Pronunciation /kruːsɪˈvəːb(ə)lɪst/


  • A person who enjoys or is skilled at solving crosswords.

    ‘So, cat was ‘aaa’ (not to be confused with that bird beloved of Scrabble players and cruciverbalists, the a'a).’
    • ‘For those cruciverbalists craving more, the American Crossword Federation will be host of a week-long Alaskan cruise in August with daily instructional seminars on puzzle-solving strategy.’
    • ‘He is a well-respected cruciverbalist, whose puzzles have appeared in just about every major U.S. newspaper.’
    • ‘In the idiom of the trade, Adams is a cruciverbalist.’
    • ‘According to Hinman, each year, about 500 amateur, professional, and generally interested cruciverbalists show up at the tournament to compete in one of the five divisions designated A through E, five more divisions separated by age group, and eleven geographical breakdowns.’


1970s from Latin crux, cruci- ‘cross’ and verbalist.