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Princeton's WordNet

  1. nymphnoun

    (classical mythology) a minor nature goddess usually depicted as a beautiful maiden

    "the ancient Greeks believed that nymphs inhabited forests and bodies of water"

  2. nymphnoun

    a larva of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis (as the dragonfly or mayfly)

  3. nymph, hourinoun

    a voluptuously beautiful young woman


  1. nymphnoun

    The larva of certain insects.

  2. nymphnoun

    Any minor female deity associated with water, forests, grotto, etc.

  3. nymphnoun

    A young girl, especially one who inspires lustful feelings.

  4. Etymology: From nimphe, from nympha, from νύμφη. Possibly cognate with nubile (from Latin, from common Proto-Indo-European source), but this is disputed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nymphnoun

    Etymology: νύμθη; nympha, Lat.

    And as the moisture which the thirsty earth
    Sucks from the sea, to fill her empty veins,
    From out her womb at last doth take a birth,
    And runs a nymph along the grassy plains. Davies.

    This resolve no mortal dame,
    None but those eyes cou’d have o’erthrown;
    The nymph I dare not, need not name. Edmund Waller.


  1. Nymph

    A nymph (Ancient Greek: νύμφη, romanized: nýmphē, Modern Greek: nímfi; Attic Greek: [nýmpʰɛː], Modern Greek: [ˈniɱfi]) in ancient Greek folklore is a minor female nature deity. Different from Greek goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as personifications of nature, are typically tied to a specific place or landform, and are usually depicted as maidens. They were not necessarily immortal, but lived much longer than human beings.They are often divided into various broad subgroups, such as the Meliae (ash tree nymphs), the Dryads (oak tree nymphs), the Naiads (freshwater nymphs), the Nereids (sea nymphs), and the Oreads (mountain nymphs).Nymphs are often featured in classic works of art, literature, mythology, and fiction. Since the Middle Ages, nymphs have been sometimes popularly associated or even confused with fairies.


  1. nymph

    In Greek and Roman mythology, a nymph is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. They are often depicted as beautiful maidens who are the divine spirits of natural features such as mountains, trees, or bodies of water. In general context or literature, a nymph may also refer to a young woman or a girl, especially when she is believed to be attractive or when she is in a transitional phase between girlhood and womanhood. In entomology, a nymph is the immature form of some insects which undergoes gradual metamorphosis before reaching adulthood.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nymphnoun

    a goddess of the mountains, forests, meadows, or waters

  2. Nymphnoun

    a lovely young girl; a maiden; a damsel

  3. Nymphnoun

    the pupa of an insect; a chrysalis

  4. Nymphnoun

    any one of a subfamily (Najades) of butterflies including the purples, the fritillaries, the peacock butterfly, etc.; -- called also naiad

  5. Etymology: [L. nympha nymph, bride, young woman, Gr. ny`mfh: cf. F. nymphe. Cf. Nuptial.]


  1. Nymph

    A nymph in Greek mythology is a minor female nature deity typically associated with a particular location or landform. There are 5 different types of nymphs, Celestial Nymphs, Water Nymphs, Land Nymphs, Plant Nymphs and Underworld Nymphs. Different from goddesses, nymphs are generally regarded as divine spirits who animate nature, and are usually depicted as beautiful, young nubile maidens who love to dance and sing; their amorous freedom sets them apart from the restricted and chaste wives and daughters of the Greek polis. They are believed to dwell in mountains and groves, by springs and rivers, and also in trees and in valleys and cool grottoes. Although they would never die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children if mated to a god, they themselves were not necessarily immortal, and could be beholden to death in various forms. Charybdis and Scylla were once nymphs. Other nymphs, always in the shape of young maidens, were part of the retinue of a god, such as Dionysus, Hermes, or Pan, or a goddess, generally the huntress Artemis. Nymphs were the frequent target of satyrs. They are frequently associated with the superior divinities: the huntress Artemis; the prophetic Apollo; the reveller and god of wine, Dionysus; and rustic gods such as Pan and Hermes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nymph

    nimf, n. a young and beautiful maiden: (myth.) one of the beautiful goddesses who inhabited mountains, rivers, trees, &c.—adjs. Nymph′al, relating to nymphs; Nymphē′an, pertaining to nymphs: inhabited by nymphs; Nymph′ic, -al, pertaining to nymphs; Nymph′ish, Nymph′ly, nymph-like; Nymph′-like.—ns. Nymph′olepsy, a species of ecstasy or frenzy said to have seized those who had seen a nymph; Nymph′olept, a person in frenzy.—adj. Nympholept′ic.—ns. Nymphomā′nia, morbid and uncontrollable sexual desire in women; Nymphomā′niac, a woman affected with the foregoing.—adjs. Nymphomā′niac, -al. [Fr.,—L. nympha—Gr. nymphē, a bride.]

  2. Nymph

    nimf, Nympha, nimf′a, n. the pupa or chrysalis of an insect.—n.pl. Nymphæ (nimf′ē), the labia minora.—adj. Nymphip′arous, producing pupæ.—ns. Nymphī′tis, inflammation of the nymphæ; Nymphot′omy, the excision of the nymphæ.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Nymph

    The immature stage in the life cycle of those orders of insects characterized by gradual metamorphosis, in which the young resemble the imago in general form of body, including compound eyes and external wings; also the 8-legged stage of mites and ticks that follows the first moult.


  1. Nymph

    the larval stage of insects with incomplete metamorphosis: applies also to their pupal stage, and sometimes used as = pupa.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nymph in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nymph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of nymph in a Sentence

  1. Nathaniel Hawthorne:

    Every young sculptor seems to think that he must give the world some specimen of indecorous womanhood, and call it Eve, Venus, a Nymph, or any name that may apologize for a lack of decent clothing.

  2. Iris Murdoch:

    Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.

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