Micawber
noun Etymology: Wilkins Micawber, character in the novel David Copperfield (1849-50) by Charles Dickens Date: 1852 one who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune • Micawberish adjective

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  • Micawber — can refer to: Wilkins Micawber, a character in David Copperfield, a novel by Charles Dickens A noun, meaning One who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune, from the Dickens character Micawber (television), a 2001 ITV drama …   Wikipedia

  • Micawber — as a type of a childishly impractical man living in optimistic fantasy, from the character of Wilkins Micawber in Dickens David Copperfield (1850). I am at present, my dear Copperfield, engaged in the sale of corn upon commission. It is not an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Micawber — noun fictional character created by Charles Dickens; an eternal optimist • Syn: ↑Wilkins Micawber • Instance Hypernyms: ↑fictional character, ↑fictitious character, ↑character …   Useful english dictionary

  • Micawber — a character in the novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. He is always in financial difficulties, but remains hopeful that ‘something will turn up’ to solve his problems without his having to make any effort himself. He is usually associated …   Universalium

  • MICAWBER —    a character in David Copperfield, a schemer whose schemes regularly came to grief, yet who always wakes up after his depression, and hopes something will turn up to his advantage …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Micawber — Mi|caw|ber, Mr a character in the book David Copperfield (1849 50) by Charles ↑Dickens. Many people think that he is based on Dickens s own father. He is put in prison because he owes money and cannot pay it, but he is always happy and spends any …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • micawber — mi·caw·ber …   English syllables

  • micawber — A kind but ineffective optimist, who means well but is useless …   Grandiloquent dictionary

  • Micawber (TV series) — Micawber is a 2001 ITV comedy drama series starring David Jason. It was written by John Sullivan, based upon the character of Wilkins Micawber from Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, although the storylines were original. Sullivan had… …   Wikipedia

  • Mr Micawber — ➡ Micawber * * * …   Universalium

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