Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Relating to or having buttocks that are considered beautifully proportioned.

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  • adjective Having beautifully shaped buttocks.

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  • adjective pertaining to or having finely developed buttocks

Etymologies

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

[From Greek kallipugos : kalli-, beautiful (from kallos, beauty) + pugē, buttocks.]

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From Ancient Greek καλλίπυγος (kallipugos), from καλλι- (kalli-, "beautiful") + πυγή (pugē, "buttocks").

Examples

  • I love you forever for not only knowing the word callipygian, but using it correctly in a sentance. *applause*

    Regretsy – Whitewash

  • Also, to use the word callipygian in my Sex Alliances Against Society

    King Dork by Frank Portman

  • I admit my soft spot for callipygian is mostly because I learned it, via temvald, from the Fucking Little Hobbit (a philosphy prof at the 'Ford, not someone's Billy Boyd fantasy).

    June 12th, 2004

  • Almost three centuries before Beyoncé boasted herself "bootylicious", one with an ample behind might have best been described as "callipygian".

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • He rather belabors the point on those occasions when Tom experiences empathy for others an emotion which he describes as feeling sorry for himself while pretending to be someone else, and really, Portman is being more than a little disingenuous when a kid whose vocabulary includes the word 'callipygian' can't put a name to empathy when he experiences it.

    King Dork by Frank Portman

  • He rather belabors the point on those occasions when Tom experiences empathy for others an emotion which he describes as feeling sorry for himself while pretending to be someone else, and really, Portman is being more than a little disingenuous when a kid whose vocabulary includes the word 'callipygian' can't put a name to empathy when he experiences it.

    Archive 2006-07-01

  • Demant's utterly unique paintings are characterized by glamorous callipygian nudes, captive avian flocks, bloody images of sexual dominance, and the emotionally fraught — yet whimsical — lighting and landscapes associated with fairy tales.

    A Turkey Day dance recital

  • He also would have admired Swihart's recent paintings: callipygian female nudes, with no traces of visible brushwork.

    John Seed: Jon Swihart: Jean-Leon Gerome Is His Master

  • Clearly it is a picture of a callipygian women bending over.

    Regretsy – Whitewash

  • The Brooklyn-based magazine is hardly alone in its appreciation of callipygian cover models: Rolling Stone gave the world Jennifer Aniston's rump in March 1996 (not to mention Jim Carrey's pasty posterior a year before) and men's magazines like Smooth seem to exist solely to allow photographers to dream up new angles for capturing the curvature of models 'gluteus maximi.

    The Vice Guide To Covers: 'Butts Are Kinda Safe'

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  • Can't go wrong with words about butts.

    January 17, 2007

  • I like big words and I cannot lie!

    January 22, 2007

  • All you other linguists can't deny.

    February 1, 2007

  • Word of the day

    February 13, 2007

  • god is it painful, though.

    February 13, 2007

  • What a great word. So useful too!

    June 27, 2007

  • Especially when describing me.

    June 27, 2007

  • What can beat a word that is both dirty and high-brow at the same time?

    March 2, 2008

  • more usually callipygean, sometimes callipygous.

    = beautifully buttocked

    July 20, 2008