For some reason I thought "egrarious" was a word, but I cannot find any authoritative reference to the word.

I thought it meant "ostentatiously bad".

I am aware there is a word "egregious".

  • 8
    Maybe I've heard this word in a song? "This is the dawning of the Age of Egrarious, the Age of Egrarious..." – J.R. Apr 21 '12 at 20:51
  • 1
    There's also agrarian .... – Hellion Apr 22 '12 at 4:05

It does now that you've asked about it, but I've no idea what it means. It could indeed be a misspelling of egregious, which has the distinction of describing something that is remarkable in both a good sense and a bad sense.

  • Thanks. I wonder how many other non-existent words I have in my head?! I can only imagine it is a crossed wire in my brain or someone else had this imaginary word in their head and uttered it during my formative years. – Ben Apr 21 '12 at 20:53
  • 2
    @BenAston At least you're not alone. This is one of the ways words get added to the language, after all. – Cameron Apr 21 '12 at 21:04
  • 1
    The merging of two uncommon words may play a part in the formation of "egrarious": That one guy was egregiously gregarious, he hung out with everyone. – Wayfaring Stranger Apr 22 '12 at 15:38

egrarious adj.
(egregious + gregarious) standing out from the crowd; promiminent; conspicuous ...

...and enjoying it, letting others enjoy.

see details on quizlet.com

Like fantabulous; chillax; brunch.

  • Link to the Quizlet entry – jwodder Apr 21 '12 at 20:51
  • 2
    The definition you give is exactly the meaning I had in my head. I presume you are saying it is a neologism. It is in no dictionary I can find. – Ben Apr 21 '12 at 21:00
  • It could have been meant as a nonce word, but stayed on. Just guessing. – Kris Apr 21 '12 at 21:06
  • 2
    It looks very like a confusion between egregious (standing out from the crowd) and gregarious (enjoying being in the crowd). Perhaps something like this picture – Henry Apr 22 '12 at 1:10
  • 1
    Just fusion. No confusion. – Kris Apr 22 '12 at 4:23

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.