Rhap"so*dist (?), n. [From Rhapsody.]
Anciently, one who recited or composed a rhapsody; especially, one whose profession was to recite the verses of Hormer and other epic poets.
Hence, one who recites or sings poems for a livelihood; one who makes and repeats verses extempore.
The same populace sit for hours listening to rhapsodists who recite Ariosto.
One who writes or speaks disconnectedly and with great excitement or affectation of feeling.
© Webster 1913.