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  • adj. A nonce word in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky combining the senses of "slimy" and "lithe".


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Blend of slimy and lithe



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  • Slithy – Combination of "slimy" and "lithe." The i is long, as in writhe

    July 15, 2009

  • A conversation with Humpty Dumpty in Through the Looking-Glass:

    "Well, slithy means 'lithe and slimy.' 'Lithe' is the same as 'active.' You see it's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word."

    "I see it now," Alice remarked thoughtfully: "and what are toves?"

    July 18, 2008

  • Makes me feel all mimsy...

    November 9, 2007

  • I just want to put in a word for the tove community.

    November 9, 2007

  • He could speak with any resident adult in any language, but more notable was his ability to understand the chattery squirrels and chipmunks, the silent signals of the ants and beetles, and the slithy semaphores of the slugs and worms that moved above and through his earth.

    --William Kennedy, 1983, Ironweed

    November 9, 2007