- the artificial, affected, high-flown style of speaking or writing used by John Lyly and his imitators, characterized by alliteration, balanced sentences, far-fetched figures of speech, etc.
- any artificial, high-flown style of speech or writing
- an instance of this
Origin of euphuismafter Euphues (main character in two prose romances by John Lyly) ; from Classical Greek euphy?s, shapely, graceful ; from eu- (see eu-) + phy?, growth ; from phyein, to grow: see bondage
- An affectedly elegant literary style of the late 1500s and early 1600s, characterized by elaborate alliteration, antitheses, and similes.
- Affected elegance of language.
Origin of euphuismAfter Euphues, a character in Euphues, the Anatomy of Wit and Euphues and his England by John Lyly, from Greek euphu&emacron;s, shapely : eu-, eu- + phuein, to grow, bring forth; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- eu′phu·is′tic, eu′phu·is′ti·cal
From Lyly's Euphues.