MEANING: adjective:
1. Sharp.
2. Deadly.

ETYMOLOGY: Coined by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) in his novel Through the Looking-Glass. Earliest documented use: 1871.

NOTES: The word appears in the poem “Jabberwocky” in the novel Through the Looking-Glass.:
He took his vorpal sword in hand,
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!


CORPAL - friend of my heart

V'ORÉAL - one-tenth of a French personal care and cosmetics company

V. OPAL - the fifth kind of jewel, after diamond, ruby, emerald, and sapphire