I have accidentally done an anglicism of a french word: "expérimentaliste", which I turned into experimentalist, before realising the word does not exist. I have looked up my issue, and found only a similar question on this forum asking what is a word for someone who loves to experience. My question does not concern someone who loves to experience things, but someone who enjoys experimenting with things. I have found no other resources, so I'm asking here if such a word exists.
Experimentalist is defined in the (paywalled) OED as:
- One who devotes himself to experimental research in some branch of science; one who is skilled in performing experiments.
- One who is fond of trying experiments, or who advocates new schemes.
The word is over 200 years old.