Pickwickian
adjective Etymology: Samuel Pickwick, character in the novel Pickwick Papers (1836-37) by Charles Dickens Date: 1836 1. marked by simplicity and generosity 2. intended or taken in a sense other than the obvious or literal one

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pickwickian — [pik wik′ē ən] adj. 1. of or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick or the Pickwick Club 2. special, unusual, or esoteric: said of a meaning of a word or phrase …   English World dictionary

  • Pickwickian — Pickwickianly, adv. /pik wik ee euhn/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick, central character of The Pickwick Papers. 2. (of the use or interpretation of an expression) intentionally or unintentionally odd or unusual. 3.… …   Universalium

  • Pickwickian — adj. generous and naive, characterized by simplicity and generosity; not literal, not typical in meaning; strange, abnormal (named after a character in the Charles Dickens novel The Pickwick Papers ); of or pertaining to Mr. Pickwick (a character …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pickwickian — [pɪk wɪkɪən] adjective of or like Mr Pickwick in Dickens s Pickwick Papers, especially in being jovial, plump, or generous. ↘(of words) misunderstood or misused, especially to avoid offence …   English new terms dictionary

  • pickwickian — pick·wick·i·an …   English syllables

  • Pickwickian — Pick•wick•i•an [[t]pɪkˈwɪk i ən[/t]] adj. 1) simple, kind, endearing, or otherwise like Mr. Pickwick, central character of Charles Dickens novel The Pickwick Papers (1837) 2) (of the use or interpretation of a word or phrase) odd or unusual …   From formal English to slang

  • Pickwickian — /pɪkˈwɪkiən/ (say pik wikeeuhn) adjective (of the use or interpretation of an expression) unusual, or intended to be understood in an unusual sense; recondite. {from Samuel Pickwick, the benevolent, naive founder of the Pickwick Club, in The… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Pickwickian —   a. benevolent and naïve; (of words) used strangely; not (to be) taken literally …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • pickwickian — adj. 1 of or like Mr Pickwick in Dickens s Pickwick Papers, esp. in being jovial, plump, etc. 2 (of words or their sense) misunderstood or misused, esp. to avoid offence …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pickwickian Sense —    Words or epithets, usually of a derogatory or insulting kind, that in certain circumstances are not to be taken as having the same force or implication they ordinarily would have, are said to be Pickwickian. The allusion is to the phrase from… …   Dictionary of eponyms

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