Meaning of nympholept in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɪmfə(ʊ)lɛpt/


  • A person affected by nympholepsy.

    ‘The Cave of Archedemos the Nympholept is a small cave near Vari in Attica, Greece.’
    • ‘Nabokov also borrowed the term nympholept, a rare, archaic term meaning a person seized by emotional frenzy, as if enchanted by nymphs’


Early 19th century from Greek numpholēptos ‘caught by nymphs’, from numphē ‘nymph’ + lambanein ‘take’.