Meaning of ecdysiast in English:


Pronunciation /ɛkˈdɪzɪast/

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  • A striptease performer.

    ‘Who can blame that fabled celebrity connoisseur of ecdysiasts for wearing a mask when he dropped in for a spot of ale at his favorite London strip club?’
    • ‘Our favorite ‘intense’ (read: creepy) actor is an aficionado of ecdysiasts.’
    • ‘Consider the time I had a Swedish house guest, a woman who would later go on to become one of Key West's most popular ecdysiasts.’
    • ‘A demeaning booking in a burlesque theater gives Louise the chance to emerge from Momma's shadow and become cafe society's favorite ecdysiast.’
    • ‘The legendary ecdysiast should take Britain off his itinerary altogether.’


1940s from Greek ekdusis ‘shedding’, on the pattern of enthusiast.