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

  • Cibber, Colley 1671-1757. English playwright and theatrical manager who wrote comedies such as The Careless Husband (1704) and was appointed poet laureate in 1730. He was ridiculed by the great writers of the time, including Alexander Pope and Samuel Johnson.


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  • Of Mr. Hammond, though he be well remembered as a man esteemed and caressed by the elegant and great, I was at first able to obtain no other memorials than such as are supplied by a book called Cibber's

    The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes Volume the Eighth: The Lives of the Poets, Volume II

  • Dogget with a cold smile [what a freezing, polar expression Cibber could put on when he desired] and told him, that if Booth could be purchas'd at so cheap a rate, it would be one of the best proofs of his economy we had ever been beholden to: I therefore desired we might have a little patience; that our doing it too hastily might be only making sure of an occasion to throw the fifty guineas away; for if we should be obliged to do better for him, we could never expect that

    The Palmy Days of Nance Oldfield

  • [195] 'Cibber's son, Rich:' two players; look for them in 'The

    The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 1

  • Some misquotations, though possibly weaker in content, sound better: such as "Possession is nine points of the law" in place of Colley Cibber's "Possession is 11 points in the law".

    Author, author: Michael Holroyd

  • (I am half Irish, by the way, so I guees the good doctor may have been right.) (Hat tip, by the way, goes to Today in Literature, which also reminds us that on this date in 1740 novelist Henry Fielding, "writing as Captain Hercules Vinegar ... summoned poet laureate Colley Cibber to court, charged with the murder of the English language.")

    Happy St. Patrick's Day ...

  • In The Dunciad, Pope states that oer the gates, by his famed fathers hand, Great Cibbers brazen, brainless brothers stand.18 The Survey of London attributed the statues to Caius Gabriel Cibber, father of Colley, the dramatist.


  • Cibber, and the bad verses which led him to make his fine ones on

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Second and Cibber, and his epitaph on Parnell, which he was then so good as to dictate to me.

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Cibber, or a Clive,33 can convey to him; so, on the real stage, the character shows himself in a stronger and bolder light than he can be described.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

  • Cibber lost patience, and would not read his Ode to an end.

    The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D.


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