Gr. Legend a king of Cyprus and a sculptor
Origin of PygmalionClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Pygmali?n
A king of Cyprus who carved and then fell in love with a statue of a woman, which Aphrodite brought to life as Galatea.
- One who acts as the legendary Greek sculptor Pygmalion (who was granted the wish of having life given to a sculpture of his which he loved a great deal), as in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in which he sometimes refers to his main character (Henry Higgins) as Pygmalion Higgins.
- Bloody (only in 'not pygmalion likely'), from the sensational, and then scandalous, line "not bloody likely" in George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion.