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[fawl-staf-ee-uh n] /fɔlˈstæf i ən/
of, relating to, or having the qualities of Falstaff, especially his robust, bawdy humor, good-natured rascality, and brazen braggadocio:
Falstaffian wit.
Origin of Falstaffian
1800-10; Falstaff + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "We're all agreed upon the table d'hte," she said; and the Falstaffian negro shook himself free and backed into the vestibule.

    A Romance in Transit Francis Lynde
  • But I checked him in that Falstaffian vein, urging considerations of time and cookery.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Judd was one of those physical anomalies, a man of Falstaffian girth with sharp, peaked, predatory features.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • He was not far to fetch, and he was in a humor of Falstaffian heartiness.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Six bloated Falstaffian bivalves lay before him in their shells.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • You cannot lay on the Falstaffian humour by a reasoning process from the outside.

    Platform Monologues T. G. Tucker
  • Theirs is Falstaffian humour—large and clustering: no fine strokes, but huge, rich-coloured sweeps.

    Nights in London Thomas Burke
  • His body was a wine-pipe, or a rum-puncheon, or something of that character, and had a truly Falstaffian air.

  • Becker's haste to get there was evidenced by the speed with which he came, and his entrance was Falstaffian.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
British Dictionary definitions for Falstaffian


jovial, plump, and dissolute
Word Origin
C19: after Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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