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  • adjective Fine, acceptable or normal; excellent, realistic, legitimate or authentic.


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A humorous neologism coined by television writer David X. Cohen; see 1996 quotation.


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  • This word embiggens us all.

    November 30, 2006

  • This word was invented by the Simpsons.

    December 2, 2006

  • I was unaware of the Simpsons episode in which this word was used. I am however familiar with the word used in the British comedy series Black Adder. Original air date of the Black Adder episode (Ink and Inkability), according to Wikipedia, in which this word appears is 09/24/1987. The Simpsons episode however was aired on 02/18/1996.

    There is some discrepancy as the word "cromulent" does not appear in the original Black Adder script but Rowan Atkinson does in fact say the word cromulent on film. As I own the DVD and have watched that episode several hundred times I am very sure he said it.

    Another good fake word that appears in this Black Adder episode is contrafibularity.

    November 16, 2007

  • I too was absolutely convinced I'd first heard the word in Blackadder. But I've just watched the episode from beginning to end, and the word doesn't appear. The closest thing is "It's a common word down our way".

    This is driving me crazy. How could you (and plenty of other people online) all have made the same mistake as me? It's so improbable...

    I'm doubting my own sanity here!

    March 17, 2009

  • I shall watch the episode again. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me...

    March 19, 2009

  • invented by "the simpsons". It means, from context of the episode, if something is cromulent it is legitimate, a confirmation of somethings existence.

    Quote from the episode:

    Mrs. Hoover:"..Embiggens, i never heard that word until i came to springfield."

    Ms Krabopple: "Why not? its a prefectly cromulent word"

    June 9, 2009

  • Cromulent is a synonym for legitimate or acceptable. Simpsons writer David S. Cohen invented the phrase in 1996 for use in Simpsons episode no. 144, according to Wikipedia. It has since been included in the Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary, and enjoys use among Simpsons fans.

    July 5, 2009

  • It's a synonym for valid, or real.

    ex. Embiggens? That's a perfectly cromulent word.

    August 24, 2009

  • Invented by "the simpsons". It means, from context of the episode, if something is cromulent it is legitimate.

    October 1, 2010

  • acceptable or legitimate

    "His answer to the test question was cromulent"

    November 1, 2010