sphinx etymology

English word sphinx comes from Ancient Greek σφίγγω, and later Latin Sphinx (Sphinx.)

Detailed word origin of sphinx

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
σφίγγω Ancient Greek (grc)
Σφίγξ Ancient Greek (grc)
Sphinx Latin (lat) Sphinx.
Spynx Middle English (enm)
sphinx English (eng) For the feminine to co-opt, dominate, or devour the masculine, especially from a paranoid fear of this happening. To adopt the posture of the Sphinx.. To be inscrutable, often through silence. To befuddle. To decorate with sphinxes. To make one guess at the unknowable (mythology) A creature with the head of a person and the body of an animal (commonly a lion).. (rare) A sphincter.. A person [...]