Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by joviality and conviviality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. corpulent and jolly
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the traits of the comic character Falstaff

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. of or pertaining to falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's plays.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or resembling Falstaff

Etymologies

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)
From Falstaff, a comic character in the Shakespearean plays Henry IV (parts 1 and 2) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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”).

    Letters to the Editor

  • 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.

    Shakespeare

  • 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.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • 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.

    Adios, Warlock

  • His eyes sparkling with humour, intelligence, and mischief, he was a man of Falstaffian charm and love of life who adored Henry and Alex.

    Henry’s Demons

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • 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.

    Technology <![CDATA[&]]> Psychology: The Never-Before-Revealed Details of Why John Edwards Finally Confessed to His Affair

  • 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.

    In the Domain of the Earth Mother of Burgundy

  • He was a genuinely Falstaffian figure, beloved of all students and staff.

    The Earth Goddess

  • 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.

    Michael Giltz: Theater: Saint Rylance Of "Jerusalem"

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