Definition of neoteric in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnēəˈterik/ /ˌniəˈtɛrɪk/


  • New or modern; recent.

    ‘another effort by the White House to display its neoteric wizardry went awry’
    • ‘This was going to be a playful, chirpy piece about my first long-term (long-term in the neoteric sense, so a year) relationship with a woman.’
    • ‘Nishad says we are living in the manacles of neoteric technology’
    • ‘Prodigious is the only word for it; still, having just been briefed on the Future Combat System with its neoteric dogs, mules, and eagles, the Caesar's gun crew looked to me like Civil War reenactors.’
    • ‘Blend a few more neoteric sugary additions like simple syrup, fructose or honey and we're up-to-date.’
    • ‘Of course, the herald of the neoteric Eden must embody the same transcendent characteristics.’
    • ‘Many of these neoteric solvent systems have interesting properties that make them suitable for use in homogeneous catalysis.’
    original, innovatory, innovational, new, novel, fresh, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, unusual, unfamiliar, unprecedented, avant-garde, experimental, inventive, ingenious
    new, the latest, late, current, fresh, modern, contemporary, present-day, up to date, up to the minute, latter-day, latter


  • A modern person; a person who advocates new ideas.

    ‘A whole group of young poets, the so-called ‘neoterics’, shared the same rejection of traditional norms and the same search for new forms and content, and, as in their lifestyle, Hellenistic culture provided the most important.’
    • ‘The neoterics had written poems to their mistresses as if they were goddesses.’
    • ‘Catullus and his crew think of themselves as the new neoterics.’


Late 16th century via late Latin from Greek neōterikos, from neōteros ‘newer’, comparative of neos.