Protean

Protean

ˈprōdēən

Adjective

  • Tending or able to change frequently or easily.
  • Able to do many different things; versatile.

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Example Sentences

“The superhero was a valuable member of the team, with his protean ability to shapeshift into any figure.”

“The artist’s protean skills meant that you never knew what style of work you would see at her next show.”

“I’ve developed a protean set of skills through the many types of jobs I’ve held over the years.”

Word Origin

Greek, late 16th century

Why this word?

The adjective “protean” comes from the Greek god Proteus, who had the ability to change shapes and knew all things — past, present, and future. This sea god had the power of prophecy, but he didn’t like to answer questions. When people came calling, he would assume different shapes in order to avoid would-be captors.

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