Definition of Procrustes in English:


Pronunciation /prōˈkrəstēz/ /proʊˈkrəstiz/

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • A robber who forced travelers to lie on a bed and made them fit it by stretching their limbs or cutting off the appropriate length of leg. Theseus killed him in like manner.


From Greek prokroustēs, literally ‘stretcher’, from prokrouein ‘beat out’.