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- proper n. A fat and jolly knight. The character was invented by William Shakespeare for his plays Henry IV (parts 1 and 2) and also appeared in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. Sir John Falstaff, a celebrated character in Shakespeare's historical play " Henry IV." (1st and 2d parts), and also in " The Merry Wives of Windsor." He is a very fat, sensual, and witty old knight; a swindler, drunkard, and good-tempered liar; and something of a coward. Falstaff was originally called Sir John Oldcastle. The first actor of the part was John Heminge.
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- n. a dissolute character in Shakespeare's plays
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