dryasdust
adjective Date: circa 1872 boringdryasdust noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Dryasdust — was an imaginary and tediously thorough literary authority cited by Sir Walter Scott to present background information in his novels; thereafter, a derisory term for anyone who presents historical facts with no feeling for the personalities… …   Wikipedia

  • dryasdust — [drī′əz dust΄] n. a dull, pedantic person adj. dull and boring * * * dry·as·dust or dry as dust (drīʹəz dŭst ) n. A dull, pedantic speaker or writer.   [After Dr. Jonas Dryasdust, a fictitious character to whom …   Universalium

  • dryasdust — [drī′əz dust΄] n. a dull, pedantic person adj. dull and boring …   English World dictionary

  • dryasdust — I. ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Usage: often capitalized Etymology: after Dr. Jonas Dryasdust, fictitious person to whom Sir Walter Scott died 1832 Scottish author dedicated some of his novels : one that is uninteresting because of concentration upon …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dryasdust — /ˈdraɪəzdʌst/ (say druyuhzdust) noun someone who deals with dry, uninteresting subjects; a dull pedant. {from Dr Jonas Dryasdust, a fictitious character to whom Sir Walter Scott, 1771–1832, dedicated some of his novels} …   Australian English dictionary

  • dryasdust — Synonyms and related words: Jonathan Oldbuck, Miniver Cheevy, Pre Raphaelite, academic, antiquarian, antiquary, antique collector, antique dealer, antique car collector, archaeologist, archaist, arid, barren, blah, blank, bloodless, bookish, bore …   Moby Thesaurus

  • DRYASDUST —    a name of Sir Walter Scott s invention, and employed by him to denote an imaginary character who supplied him with dry preliminary historical details, and since used to denote a writer who treats a historical subject with all due diligence and …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • dryasdust — dry·as·dust || draɪəzdÊŒst n. dull or boring person; dull and pedantic speaker or writer adj. boring, dull; pedantic …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dry-as-dust — /druy euhz dust /, adj. dull and boring: a dry as dust biography. Also, dryasdust. [1870 75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott s novels] * * * dry|as|dust «DRY uhz DUHST», noun. = pedant. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dry-as-dust — /druy euhz dust /, adj. dull and boring: a dry as dust biography. Also, dryasdust. [1870 75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott s novels] * * * …   Universalium

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