Definition of Pecksniffian in English:

Pecksniffian

adjective

  • Affecting benevolence or high moral principles.

    ‘he adopted a Pecksniffian tone’
    • ‘In general, however, this book is free of his usual penchant for Pecksniffian attacks on ‘liberals,’.’
    • ‘The high light was Newton Dodge's repeated assertion, in his usual Pecksniffian manner, that his head had not grown any smaller, he had measured it!.’
    prim and proper, prim, proper, prudish, priggish, puritanical, moralistic, prissy, mimsy, niminy-piminy, shockable, victorian, old-maidish, schoolmistressy, schoolmarmish, governessy
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from Mr Pecksniff, the name of a character in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit, + -ian.

Pronunciation

Pecksniffian

/pɛkˈsnɪfɪən/