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Falstaff with big wine jar and cup
Art: Eduard von Grützner, 1896
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adjective: Fat, jolly, and convivial.
After Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's plays Henry IV (parts 1 & 2) and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Earliest documented use: 1809. Another character from these plays who has become a word in English is Bardolph.
"His hair was long and scruffy, his ties ludicrous and his manner jovial bordering on Falstaffian; a board meeting, for him, was a debate, punctuated by gales of his maniacal laughter."
Obituary: John Harvey-Jones; The Economist (London, UK); Jan 17, 2008.
See more usage examples of falstaffian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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