Definition of protean adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈprəʊtiən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈproʊtiən//
; BrE BrE//prəʊˈtiːən//
; NAmE NAmE//proʊˈtiən//
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able to change quickly and easily a protean character Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Proteus (a minor sea god in Greek mythology who had the power of prophecy but who changed shapes to avoid answering questions) + -an.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: protean