Definition of ecdysiast in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ekˈdēzēəst/


A striptease performer.
Example sentences
  • Who can blame that fabled celebrity connoisseur of ecdysiasts for wearing a mask when he dropped in for a spot of ale at his favorite London strip club?
  • Our favorite ‘intense’ (read: creepy) actor is an aficionado of ecdysiasts.
  • Consider the time I had a Swedish house guest, a woman who would later go on to become one of Key West's most popular ecdysiasts.


1940s: coined by H. L. Mencken from Greek ekdusis 'shedding', on the pattern of enthusiast.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.