Definition: Wood that has lost its strength and become brittle; rotten spots growing inside a tree’s heartwood; someone/something who/that is lovely and charming on the outside (at first blush), but rotten and awful inside (colloquial use).
The general consensus that I’ve seen online is that most people are confused and at odds about the origin of this word. Some say French, some say Old German; there are even a few claiming that it has Celtic and/or Anglo-Saxon roots.
(I suggest contacting an expert in a linguistic language group to clear the air instead of relying on the working second-hand schooling of bilingual fiction writer who likes to write about magicians.)
Why this word?
It sounds fun!
And, almost every person who knows or is learning English understands the proper usages of “insincerity”, “two-faced”, and “fake”.
Though this word is primarily used in the vocabularies of woodcarvers, foresters, and architects, it’s nice to know that a term which sounds as unforgiving as “druxy” can be used to describe those ugly, treacherous people we all at times meet and whom we had once initially thought of as great and lovely.
(Everyone likes a little vindication.)
How do you use the word druxy in a sentence?
“That druxy old slimeball. I thought he was nice! I thought I’d met a good guy, for once! He seemed so well-adjusted; so normal. I guess you can’t always know someone from first impressions alone.”