Wordy Wednesday: Callipygian

Here’s another old, forgotten word from our friends at Stylist.com. I’m pretty sure everyone needs this word in their vocabulary, and when you learn it’s meaning, I’m sure you’ll agree!

The word is:


Callipygian (cal·li·pyg·ian) is an adjective that is defined as “pertaining to, or having well-shaped or finely developed buttocks.” Merriam-Webster backs this up by defining it as “having shapely buttocks.”

Basically, it’s old English for “Nice butt.”

Just think, if this word had stayed in use, Sir Mix-a-lot could have made his song a lot different. “Oh my god, Becky. Look at her Callipygian.”


is said to have come from the Greek word kallipygos, which is a compound of kallos (beauty) and  pyge (buttocks). (Alpha Dictionary)

You can use Callipygian fairly easy since it’s an adjective, but it is a more formal word, so you need to make sure it fits with the language of your story. Some examples may include:

“The woman suffered from an acute case of callipygian; her posterior was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.”

“Callipygian. C A L L I P Y G I A N. Callipygian.”

“Have you seen Lady Barnes recently? I daresay her callipygian gets more defined every year.”

Have you used Callipygian in a sentence before? Let me know in the comments below!

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