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  • n. one of an ancient group of philosophers, who engaged in learned dialogue at meals
  • n. a person skilled at informal, across-the-table small talk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of an ancient sect of philosophers, who cultivated learned conversation at meals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who converses learnedly at dinner: in allusion to the title (see the etymology) of a celebrated work of Athenæus, in which a number of learned men are represented as at dinner discoursing on literature and matters of the table.

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  • n. someone skilled at informal chitchat


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Greek [deipnosofisth's] [deipnon] a meal + [sofisth's] a wise man, sophist


  • The word deipnosophist is derived from Greek elements meaning 'meal' and 'wise man,' so we can assume it means someone wise in mealtime could also just mean a gastronome, but if you spout it at a dinner party, I guarantee no one will ask you to which meaning you refer... everyone else will silently be trying to figure out if you've insulted them or not.

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  • I think that deipnosophist is a good description of what Corey the Welldigger was not when Hannity called him about his letter to Nobama.

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  • The One reads the teleprompter well, but a deipnosophist he ain't.

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  • A typical example occurs (as one might expect) at the entry for deipnosophist where a line that normally contains about 50 characters (plus spaces), has been printed with only 34 characters (plus spaces), mainly, apparently, because no one knew where to hyphen Deipnosophistai, the first word on the next line.

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  • -- deipnosophist, which means someone skilled at across the table chitchat.

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  • From Greek deipnon (lunch) + sophistes (a wise man)

    June 12, 2009