Definitions

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

  • adj. Of, resembling, or relating to Samuel Johnson or his writings.
  • n. An admirer or a student of Samuel Johnson or his work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), English writer and lexicographer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to or resembling Dr. Johnson or his style; pompous; inflated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to or characteristic of Dr. Samuel Johnson, his writings (especially his English dictionary), or his style.

Etymologies

Johnson +‎ -ian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I said "Johnsonian" -- yet even in the great Doctor as we have him recorded there were a certain truculence and vehemence that are a little foreign to B---- 's habit.

    Plum Pudding Of Divers Ingredients, Discreetly Blended & Seasoned

  • N+1 apes the old style of worthy Jewish intellectuals, alongside the old style of worthy Cyril-Connolly-style balanced intellectual survey—of the sort that recalls the Johnsonian pleonasm which opens “The Vanity of Human Wishes”—which treats all the artistic developments of all the separate countries of Europe as though they were worthy of serious consideration.

    WHY WE LOVE TLS (UPDATED)

  • Goldsmith has a lightness and delicate ease which belongs rather to the school of the earlier eighteenth century than to his own day; the enthusiasm of Addison for French literature which he retained gave him a more graceful model than the "Johnsonian" school, to which he professed himself to belong, could afford.

    English Literature: Modern Home University Library of Modern Knowledge

  • The Black Codes, which were adopted by the legislatures first convened under what has gone into history as the "Johnsonian" plan of reconstruction, were models of ingenious subterfuge.

    Bricks without Straw A Novel

  • Codes, which were adopted by the legislatures first convened under what has gone into history as the "Johnsonian" plan of reconstruction, were models of ingenious subterfuge.

    Bricks Without Straw

  • The English that she is known for is this polished, printed Johnsonian prose.

    Manuscripts Suggest Jane Austen Had A Great Editor

  • Portraits by Joshua Reynolds and Joseph Wright show clear-eyed Augustans full of Johnsonian sense, exquisite manners and grace, while the landed gentry's painter of choice, Arthur Devis, painted married couples at home in charmingly naïve fashion.

    Browser's Delight

  • There were some unusually Johnsonian moments of wrangling on the floor during the nearly hour-long vote.

    Two Dems Help Defeat Senate Cloture Vote On Wall Street Reform

  • It's standard Johnsonian fare, full of distortions and inaccuracies.

    The Panda's Thumb: Jason Rosenhouse Archives

  • James with plump sunburned jowls, in island attire, his stout Johnsonian shape, short pale legs, round belly, big busy bum and fluttering hands, breathlessly stammering one of his inimitable voice-overs in Waikiki, indicating the throngs of tourists and the effulgent clouds, followed by his panting dog, Tosca.

    Beard

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.