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Definitions for satyr
ˈseɪ tər, ˈsæt ər; ˈseɪ tər ɪd, ˈsæt ər-, səˈtaɪ rɪdsatyr

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. satyr, lecher, lech, letchnoun

    man with strong sexual desires

  2. satyr, forest godnoun

    one of a class of woodland deities; attendant on Bacchus; identified with Roman fauns


  1. satyrnoun

    A male companion of Pan or Dionysus with the tail of a horse and a perpetual erection.

  2. satyrnoun

    A faun.

  3. satyrnoun

    A lecherous man

  4. satyrnoun

    Any of various butterflies of the family Satyridae, having brown wings marked with eyelike spots.

  5. Etymology: From satyre, from satyrus, from σάτυρος, from שָׂעִיר.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SATYRnoun

    A sylvan god: supposed among the ancients to be rude and lecherous.

    Etymology: satyrus, Latin.

    Satyrs, as Pliny testifies, were found in times past in the eastern mountains of India. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.


  1. Satyr

    In Greek mythology, a satyr (Greek: σάτυρος, translit. sátyros, pronounced [sátyros]), also known as a silenus or silenos (Greek: σειληνός seilēnós [seːlɛːnós]), is a male nature spirit with ears and a tail resembling those of a horse, as well as a permanent, exaggerated erection. Early artistic representations sometimes include horse-like legs, but, by the sixth century BC, they were more often represented with human legs. Comically hideous, they have mane-like hair, bestial faces, and snub noses and are always shown naked. Satyrs were characterized by their ribaldry and were known as lovers of wine, music, dancing, and women. They were companions of the god Dionysus and were believed to inhabit remote locales, such as woodlands, mountains, and pastures. They often attempted to seduce or rape nymphs and mortal women alike, usually with little success. They are sometimes shown masturbating or engaging in bestiality. In classical Athens, satyrs made up the chorus in a genre of play known as a "satyr play", which was a parody of tragedy and known for its bawdy and obscene humor. The only complete surviving play of this genre is Cyclops by Euripides, although a significant portion of Sophocles's Ichneutae has also survived. In mythology, the satyr Marsyas is said to have challenged the god Apollo to a musical contest and been flayed alive for his hubris. Though superficially ridiculous, satyrs were also thought to possess useful knowledge, if they could be coaxed into revealing it. The satyr Silenus was the tutor of the young Dionysus and a story from Ionia told of a silenos who gave sound advice when captured. Over the course of Greek history, satyrs gradually became portrayed as more human and less bestial. They also began to acquire goat-like characteristics in some depictions as a result of conflation with the Pans, plural forms of the god Pan with the legs and horns of goats. The Romans identified satyrs with their native nature spirits, fauns. Eventually the distinction between the two was lost entirely. Since the Renaissance, satyrs have been most often represented with the legs and horns of goats. Representations of satyrs cavorting with nymphs have been common in western art, with many famous artists creating works on the theme. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, satyrs have generally lost much of their characteristic obscenity, becoming more tame and domestic figures. They commonly appear in works of fantasy and children's literature, in which they are most often referred to as "fauns".


  1. satyr

    A satyr is a creature from Greek mythology often depicted as a man with the features of a horse or a goat, including a tail, ears, and sometimes horns. They're closely associated with the god Dionysus and are usually characterized as being fond of music, dancing, wine, and sensual pleasures. In literature and arts, they often symbolize the untamed, wild, and lascivious side of human nature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Satyrnoun

    a sylvan deity or demigod, represented as part man and part goat, and characterized by riotous merriment and lasciviousness

  2. Satyrnoun

    any one of many species of butterflies belonging to the family Nymphalidae. Their colors are commonly brown and gray, often with ocelli on the wings. Called also meadow browns

  3. Satyrnoun

    the orang-outang

  4. Etymology: [L. satyrus, Gr. : cf. F. satyre.]


  1. Satyr

    In Greek mythology, a satyr is one of a troop of male companions of Pan and Dionysus with goat-like features, including a goat-tail, goat-like ears, and sometimes a goat-like phallus. By contrast, in Roman Mythology there is a similar concept with goat-like features, the faun being half-man, half-goat. Greek-speaking Romans often use the Greek term saturos when referring to the Latin faunus, and eventually syncretize the two. The female "Satyresses" were a late invention of poets — that roamed the woods and mountains. In myths they are often associated with pipe-playing. The satyrs' chief was Silenus, a minor deity associated with fertility. These characters can be found in the only complete remaining satyr play, Cyclops, by Euripides, and the fragments of Sophocles' Ichneutae. The satyr play was a short, lighthearted tailpiece performed after each trilogy of tragedies in Athenian festivals honoring Dionysus. There is not enough evidence to determine whether the satyr play regularly drew on the same myths as those dramatized in the tragedies that preceded. The groundbreaking tragic playwright Aeschylus is said to have been especially loved for his satyr plays, but none of them have survived.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Satyr

    sat′ėr, or sā′tėr, n. a silvan deity, represented as part man and part goat, and extremely wanton: a very lecherous person: a species of butterfly.—ns. Sat′yral (her.), a monster with a human head and the limbs of different animals; Satyrī′asis, morbid lasciviousness in men, corresponding to nymphomania in women—also Satyromā′nia.—adjs. Satyr′ic, -al, pertaining to satyrs.—ns. Satyrī′næ, the argus butterflies; Satyr′ium, a genus of small flowered orchids; Sat′yrus, the genus of orangs—simia. [L. satyrus—Gr. satyros.]

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  5. stary

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of satyr in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of satyr in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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