Definition of Rabelaisian in English:

Rabelaisian

adjective

  • 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.’
    • ‘But his own description of life's eternal bounciness seems to me much more gaily Rabelaisian than is the novel as a whole.’
    • ‘The characters in this novel are representational, especially since they are given to us in larger-than-life Rabelaisian caricature.’
    • ‘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
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Origin

Mid 18th century: suggestive of the humour of François Rabelais.

Pronunciation

Rabelaisian

/ˌrabəˈleɪzɪən/