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  • adjective In the style of Roald Dahl (1916–1990), British novelist, whose children's books are characterized by black humor and grotesque villains.

Etymologies

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Dahl +‎ -esque

Examples

  • Ages 7+Nasty and disgusting antiheroes of a Dahlesque kind are in vogue; their filthy habits and displeasing behaviour makes them both childlike and a delightful source of easy humour.

    Recommended reads: ages 5–7

  • “I’d like to see more humor, more light Dahlesque touches,” adding circumspectly that “I hope some of my remarks will produce counter remarks in you that will stir you to flights of fancy to make the book take off and fly as it undoubtedly will.”

    Storyteller

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