from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constructor of crosswords.
- n. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who constructs crosswords.
From Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin verbum, word (translation of English crossword).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
cruci- (“cross”) + verbal (“words”) + -ist (“agent, person”), from Latin roots crux ("cross") and verbum ("word"). (Wiktionary)