Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A self-taught person.

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  • n. A self-taught person; an automath.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is self-taught; an automath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A self-taught person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who has taught himself

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Greek autodidaktos, self-taught : auto-, auto- + didaktos, taught; see didactic.

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From Ancient Greek αὐτοδίδακτος (autodidaktos), from αὐτός (autos, "self") + διδάσκω (didaskō, "I teach").

Examples

  • Yes, M-mv's resident and original reader, thinker, and autodidact is a bit cranky today, but she'll beat this funk before too long.

    04.04

  • Imagine, if you will, the Bubba Keg (a gift from Aunt M-mv) filled to capacity (52 ounces) with Trader Joe's French roast, brewed dark and strong, the way a certain autodidact favors it.

    Archive 2004-12-01

  • Anyway, I enjoy reading your site, and one of these days I'm even going to look up "autodidact" in the dictionary.

    "Shockingly provincial"

  • (An aside: Yes, W.R. We did notice how many other blogging folk had adopted "autodidact" as their new favorite word.

    Confessions of a country autodidact

  • Then came a detour to the brilliant but erratic work of an autodidact named Ted Nelson, whose ambitious Xanadu Project though never completed was a vision of disparate information linked by “hypertext” connections.

    In the Plex

  • "I support autodidact endeavors across the board, and view the university model to be the last scope of public life in severe need of a revolution." may help answer your question.

    An Amazing First Century

  • I support autodidact endeavors across the board, and view the university model to be the last scope of public life in severe need of a revolution.

    An Amazing First Century

  • Zinoman was an autodidact: She was a child actress in Chicago and later exercised her passion for theater in her years overseas with her husband Murray, a Foreign Service officer.

    Studio Theatre's new muse

  • And gumption, just like Conjunction Junction (remember that cheery childhood chant for learning grammar?) is something this autodidact author will forever feed on -- this, after faith.

    French Word-A-Day:

  • An autodidact who graduated to hardcore aerospace engineering textbooks (more on my shelf than most Nasa engineers own).

    COTS Thoughts From Jim Muncy - NASA Watch

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  • Someone should start an autodidact club. I would be one to join!

    July 19, 2009

  • from the greek 'auto': "self"; and from 'didaktos' :"taught"

    December 15, 2008