One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of or like Mr Pickwick in Dickens's Pickwick Papers, especially in being jovial, plump, or generous.
cheerful, jolly, happy, cheery, good-humoured, convivial, genial, good-natured, friendly, amiable, affable, sociable, outgoing, clubbableView synonyms
- ‘His Self-Portrait, seated at his easel, shows a prosperous Pickwickian figure.’
- ‘'Genial, generous, Pickwickian in appearance', in his youth Dooley had enjoyed surfing and bush-walking, particularly in the Blue Mountains.’
- ‘This is writing to savour; and the comedy takes on a decidedly Pickwickian flavour when Gerald later attends a village fête in his constituency, getting welly-throwing lessons from a ‘smart-alec socialist’ in ‘gold-rimmed glasses’.’
- ‘He was five feet high, ruddily Pickwickian in appearance, utterly efficient, unoriginal and orthodox.’
- ‘On the contrary, Carleton's hand-rubbing manner was Pickwickian in its joviality.’
- 1.1 (of words) misunderstood or misused, especially to avoid offence.
- ‘When, as in the case of the lamb, the failure is brought about by the fulfilment of something else, then indeed God can be said in a Pickwickian way to have brought about the failure, but only because he brought about the fulfilment of the lion.’
- ‘Only by using the word in its most Pickwickian sense would I ever call myself a ‘young’ theologian.’
- ‘This will create ‘unity’ in some Pickwickian sense understood only by liturgists.’
- ‘We conclude that underdeveloped nations, in exporting their resources, are victims of "economic exploitation" in a Pickwickian sense only.’
- ‘All these teachings must be taken in a Pickwickian sense.’
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