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Dogberry

[dawg-ber-ee, -buh-ree, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌbɛr i, -bə ri, ˈdɒg-/
noun, plural Dogberrys for 2.
1.
a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
2.
any foolish, blundering, or stupid official.
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British Dictionary definitions for dogberrys

dogberry1

/ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ; -bərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
2.
the fruit of any of these plants

dogberry2

/ˈdɒɡˌbɛrɪ; -bərɪ; -brɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official
Derived Forms
dogberryism, noun
Word Origin
after Dogberry, character in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing (1598)
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