American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Characterized by joviality and conviviality.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling Falstaff, the fat knight in Shakspere's “Henry IV.” and “Merry Wives of Windsor”; hence, corpulent; convivial; boasting; lying brazenly; coarsely jovial, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. of or pertaining to falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's plays.
- adj. of or resembling Falstaff
- From Falstaff, a comic character in the Shakespearean plays Henry IV (parts 1 and 2) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Wiktionary)
- After Sir John Falstaff, a character in Henry IV, Parts I and II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Swearing is now pretty rare (I swear to God!), though it used to be more common (in Falstaffian oaths such as ’Sblood! — “by God’s blood” — or Zounds! — “by God’s wounds”).”
“Toby is an impecunious relative of Olivia's and a kind of Falstaffian moocher whose continued presence in the house is a drain on Olivia's patience and her pocketbook.”
“To be "Falstaffian" is to delight in excess: a Falstaffian night out is more likely a stag party or a booze-up after a big football victory than an elegant soirée.”
“They bicker constantly, Clemen's Falstaffian appetites and uncontrollable bodily urges clashing with the priggishness and military discipline of Jimmy, a former air-force officer, and their ill-tempered dialogues are often hilarious.”
“His eyes sparkling with humour, intelligence, and mischief, he was a man of Falstaffian charm and love of life who adored Henry and Alex.”
“Members assimilated in hearty courtesy of a Falstaffian Bard's birthday take a break of final Apr hosted by Messrs. Friedman, Madeira, as good as Pope.”
“The Enquirer had spent weeks shadowing Edwards' Falstaffian aide Andrew Young and Rielle Hunter in a North Carolina gated community before finally publishing the story that she was pregnant with the candidate's baby.”
“He is clearly a man of large appetites and enthusiasms; God gave him his towering height, but his Falstaffian girth is presumably his own accomplishment.”
“He was a genuinely Falstaffian figure, beloved of all students and staff.”
“Jez Butterworth's new drama Jerusalem gives Rylance a number of hilarious, gripping monologues and he makes the most of them, beguiling and charming and dazzling us with Falstaffian ease.”
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