- Gr. Myth. any of a class of minor woodland deities, attendant on Dionysus, orig. represented as having the ears and tail of a horse, later as having pointed ears, short horns, the head and trunk of a man, and the hind legs of a goat, and as being fond of riotous merriment and lechery
- a lustful or lecherous man
- a man having satyriasis
- any of a worldwide family (Satyridae) of butterflies with gray or brown wings, often with eyelike spotsalso called sa′ty·rid
Origin of satyrMiddle English satir from Classical Latin satyrus from Classical Greek satyros
- often Satyr Greek Mythology A woodland creature depicted as having the pointed ears, legs, and short horns of a goat and a fondness for unrestrained revelry.
- A licentious man; a lecher.
- A man who is affected by satyriasis.
- Any of various satyrid butterflies having brownish wings marked with eyespots.
Origin of satyrMiddle English satire from Old French from Latin satyrus from Greek saturos
- sa·tyr′ic sa·tyr′i·cal
- (Greek mythology) A male companion of Pan or Dionysus with the tail of a horse and a perpetual erection.
- (Roman mythology) A faun.
- A lecherous man.
- Any of various butterflies of the family Satyridae, having brown wings marked with eyelike spots; a meadow brown.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.