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Strong's #4691 - σπερμολόγος

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  1. picking up seed
    1. of birds, esp. of the crow or daw that picks up grain in fields
  2. metaph.
    1. lounging about the market place and picking up a substance by whatever may chance to fall from the loads of merchandise
    2. hence, beggarly, abject, vile, (a parasite)
    3. getting a living by flattery and bufferoonery
    4. an empty talker, babbler
Frequency Lists
Verse Results
KJV (1)
Acts 1
NAS (2)
Acts 2
HCS (1)
Acts 1
BSB (1)
Acts 1
ESV (1)
Acts 1
WEB (1)
Acts 1
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

σπερμο-λόγος, ον, ( λέγω )

picking up seeds, of birds, Id. Demetr. 28, Alex.Mynd. ap. Ath. 9.388a: as Subst., rook, Arist. HA 592b28; glossed κολοιῶδες ζῷον, Hsch.; σπερμολόγων τε γένη Ar. Av. 232 (lyr.), cf. 579 .

2. τὰ σπερμολόγα τῶν παιδαρίων guttersnipes, Ath. 3.85f .

II picking up scraps, gossiping, ἄνθρωπος D.H. 19.5 ( Sup., ib. 4 ); also πικρὰ καὶ ς. ῥήματα Plu. 2.456c .

III as Subst., one who picks up and retails scraps of knowledge, an idle babbler, gossip, D. 18.127, Acts 17:18, Ath. 8.344c .

Thayer's Expanded Definition

σπερμολόγος, σπερμολογον (σπέρμα, and λέγω to collect);

1. picking up seeds: used of birds, Plug. Demet. 28; Athen. 9, p. 387 f.; especially of the crow or daw that picks up grain in the fields (German Saatkrähe), Aristophanes av. 232, 579; Aristotle, h. a. 8, 8, p. 592{b}, 28, and other writings.

2. of men: "lounging about the market-place and picking up a subsistence by whatever may chance to fall from the loads of merchandise" (Eustathius on Homer, Odyssey 5, 490 σπερμολογοι. οἱ περί τά ἐμπορία καί ἀγορᾶς διατρίβοντες διά τό ἀναλέγεσθαι τά ἐκ τῶν φορτιων ἐπορρεοντα καί διά ζῆν ἐκ τούτων); hence, beggarly, abject, vile (a parasite); getting a living by flattery and buffoonery, Athen. 3, p. 85 f.; Plutarch, mor., p. 456 d.; a substantive, σπερμολόγος, an empty talker, babbler (Demosthenes, p. 269, 19; Athen. 8, p. 344 c.): Acts 17:18.

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Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

*σπερμολόγος , -ον

(<σπέρμα , λέγω ),

a seed picker;

(a) prop., of birds (Arist., Aristoph, al.);

(b) in Attic slang, of an idler who lives on scraps picked up in the agora; hence, as subst., ὁ σ ., an idle babbler: Acts 17:18.†

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
Vocabulary of the Greek NT

";fellow-sharer,"; ";joint partaker,"; c. gen. pers. as in Philippians 1:7, occurs in P Bilabel 19 (b.).2 (A.D. 110) Δίδυμος Ἀπολλωνίου Ἀλλίωνι Ἀπολλωνίου συνκοινωνῶ χα (ίρειν).


The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament.
Copyright © 1914, 1929, 1930 by James Hope Moulton and George Milligan. Hodder and Stoughton, London.
Derivative Copyright © 2015 by Allan Loder.
List of Word Forms
σπερμολογος σπερμολόγος spermologos spermológos
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