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Boswell

[boz-wel, -wuh l] /ˈbɒzˌwɛl, -wəl/
noun
1.
James, 1740–95, Scottish author: biographer of Samuel Johnson.
2.
any devoted biographer of a specific person.
Related forms
Boswellian
[boz-wel-ee-uh n] /bɒzˈwɛl i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • Boswell mentions his having uttered a remark about Hume, too gross to be committed to paper.

  • "I expect she won't take a fancy to Boswell very early," said Keating.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • Mr. Boswell, of Cobourg, admitted that Sir Francis had said he knew a good deal.

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
  • But even in those days as a callow, trusting youth, he'd been smarter than Boswell.

    Zero Data Charles Saphro
  • Johnson, also, was gone, and the two strongest checks upon the excesses of Boswell were removed.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
British Dictionary definitions for Boswell

Boswell

/ˈbɒzwəl/
noun
1.
James. 1740–95, Scottish author and lawyer, noted particularly for his Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)
Derived Forms
Boswellian (bɒzˈwɛlɪən) adjective
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