Word of the Day – Grockle

By March 12, 2019 Word of the Day

Grockle (noun)


A holidaymaker, especially one visiting a resort in Devon or Cornwall.

An invented word, originally a fantastic creature in a children’s comic, adopted arbitrarily and popularized by the film The System (1964).

Example sentences

“You can tell they are grockles by the way they’re dressed!”

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