Definition of Pecksniff in English:

Pecksniff

noun

  • An unctuous hypocrite, a person who affects benevolence or pretends to have high moral principles; (also) a person who interferes officiously in the business of others. Frequently attributive Also (occasionally) as adjective.

verb

rare
  • no object To speak or act like a Pecksniff.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Civil Engineer and Architect's Journal. From the name of Mr Pecksniff, a hypocritical character in Charles Dickens's novel The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit<br>early 20th century; earliest use found in George Bernard Shaw (1856–1950), playwright and polemicist. From Pecksniff.

Pronunciation

Pecksniff

/ˈpɛksnɪf/