can refer to a person who begins, or continues, to study
late in life. The word is derived from the Greek
), meaning 'late' and μανθανω (manthano
), meaning 'learn'.
Opsimathy was once frowned upon, used as a put down with implications of laziness, and considered less effective by educators than early learning. However, the opsimath population is increasing in the USA, and the emergence of "opsimath clubs proves that opsimathy is no longer looked down upon, but is in fact desirable.
Notable opsimaths include Joseph Henry Blackburne, the leading English chess player in the late 19th Century, who didn't learn the chess moves until the comparatively late age of 19.