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Entry for Strong's #1133 - γυναικάριον

Word Origin
a diminutive from (1135)
Parts of Speech
Noun Neuter
Word Definition [ Thayer | Strong | Mounce ]
Thayer's Definition
  1. a little woman: used contemptuously
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2 Timothy 1
2 Timothy 1
2 Timothy 1

Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

γῠναικ-άριον, τό,

Dim. of γυνή, Diocl. Com.11, Epict. Ench. 7, 2 Timothy 3:6, M.Ant. 5.11.


Dor. γυνά, Boeot. βανά (v. sub voce), , gen. γυναικός, acc. γυναῖκα, voc. γύναι (γυνή Alc.Com. 32): dual γυναῐκε S. Ant. 61: pl. γυναῖκες, γυναικῶν, etc. (as if from γύναιξ wh. is only found in Gramm., cf. Hdn.Gr. 2.643): gen. γυναικείων Phoc. 3 (s. v.l.): Aeol. dat. pl. γυναίκεσσι Sapph. Supp. 7.6: Com. acc. γυνήν Pherecr. 91: pl. nom. γυναί Philippid. 2, Men. 484, acc. γυνάς Com.Adesp. 1336, cf. EM 243.24, AB 86:

I woman, opp. man, Il. 15.683, etc.: with a second Subst., γ. ταμίη housekeeper, 6.390; δέσποινα Od. 7.347; γρηΰς (q. v.), ἀλετρίς (q. v.), δμῳαὶ γυναῖκες Il. 9.477,al.; Περσίδες γ. Hdt. 3.3: voc., as a term of respect or affection, mistress, lady, E. Med. 290, Theoc. 15.12, etc.; φαντὶ γυναῖκες the lasses say, Id. 20.30; πρὸς γυναικός like a woman, A. Ag. 592: prov., γ. μονωθεῖσ' οὐδέν Id. Supp. 749; ὅρκους γυναικὸς εἰς ὕδωρ γράφω (cf. γράφω 11) S. Fr. 811; γυναιξὶ κόσμον ἡ σιγὴ φέρει Id. Aj. 293.

II wife, spouse, Il. 6.160, Od. 8.523, Hdt. 1.34, etc.; γ. καὶ παρθένοι X. An. 3.2.25; opp. ἑταίρα, Isaiah 3:13; γ. γνησία, PEleph. 1.3 (iv B. C.); also, concubine, Il. 24.497.

III mortal woman, opp. goddess, 14.315, Od. 10.228, etc. female, mate of animals, Arist. Pol. 1262a22 (dub. sens.), Xenarch. 14, etc. Not to be taken as Adj. in γυναῖκα θήσατο μαζόν Il. 24.58. (Cf. Ved. gnâ- (freq. disyll.), Skt. janIsa)

Thayer's Expanded Definition

γυναικάριον, γυναικαριου, τό (diminutive from γυνή), a little woman; used contemptuously in 2 Timothy 3:6 (A. V. silly women; cf. Latinmuliercula). (Diocles. com. in Bekker Anecd., p. 87, 4; Antoninus 5, 11; occasionally in Epictetus) On diminutive ending in ἀριον see Lob. ad Phryn., p. 180; Fritzsche on Mark, p. 638; (cf. Winer's Grammar, 24, 96 (91)).

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

* γυναικάριον , -ου , τό

(dim, of γυνή ),

a little woman; contemptuously, a silly woman (EV): 2 Timothy 3:6.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
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Vocabulary of the Greek NT

For this NT ἅπ . εἰρ . (Vg. mulierculas) Sir W. M. Ramsay (in a letter of Dec. 12, 1910) suggests the analogy of Cicero’s barbatuli juvenes (ad. Att. i. 14. 5, and 16. 10), young swells with neatly and fashionably trimmed beards. The γυναικάρια of 2 Timothy 3:6 would then be society ladies, borne by caprices in various directions and full of idle curiosity. The word is found in Epictetus iv. 1 86 τῶν καλῶν γυναικαρίων , cf. ii. 18. 18, etc. Grimm quotes Diocles, a comedian of v/B.C.



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