Definition of Rabelaisian in English:



  • Displaying earthy humour; bawdy.

    ‘the conversation was often highly Rabelaisian’
    • ‘He was also a man of Rabelaisian appetites, fiercely loyal friendships, and great good humour.’
    • ‘The characters in this novel are representational, especially since they are given to us in larger-than-life Rabelaisian caricature.’
    • ‘But his own description of life's eternal bounciness seems to me much more gaily Rabelaisian than is the novel as a whole.’
    • ‘Her appetites were as spirited as his and released an almost Rabelaisian exuberance in them both.’
    ribald, racy, bawdy, vulgar, coarse, earthy, risqué, lewd, blue, spicy
    exuberant, uninhibited, vigorous, lively
    satirical, parodic, irreverent, disrespectful
    View synonyms