One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or resembling Shakespeare's character Sir John Falstaff in being fat, jolly, and debauched.‘a Falstaffian gusto for life’
big, burly, heavy, tall, bulky, thickset, heavyset, chunky, strapping, powerfully built, hefty, muscular, muscle-bound, brawny, muscly, husky, solid, powerful, sturdy, solidly built, broad-shouldered, strong, big and strong, rugged, herculeanView synonyms
- ‘I'm sure that ordinarily he was brimming with the milk of human kindness, full of Falstaffian mirth, a man with nothing but the deepest appreciation for the circle of life, etc.’
- ‘He is a man of Falstaffian appetites, Machiavellian instincts, and Svengali-like charms.’
- ‘Balmat's meals and Falstaffian humor help the team laugh away the pain of a 6-hour Tour stage.’
- ‘And between fights he blows up like a balloon, and his waist takes on Falstaffian dimensions.’
- ‘There is no reason to do anything like that with Roosevelt, whose very real intellectual and physical appetites were positively Falstaffian.’
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