Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[fawl-staf-ee-uh n] /fɔlˈstæf i ən/
of, relating to, or having the qualities of Falstaff, especially his robust, bawdy humor, good-natured rascality, and brazen braggadocio:
Falstaffian wit.
Origin of Falstaffian
First recorded in 1800-10; Falstaff + -ian Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Falstaffian
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But I checked him in that Falstaffian vein, urging considerations of time and cookery.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
  • Why the hacking of the Falstaffian sword with the Falstaffian dagger?

  • Yet he contains the Falstaffian elements and preciously preserves them.

    A Novelist on Novels W. L. George
  • Aurora, in the vein of funny stories, could upon occasion be Falstaffian.

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall
  • He was not far to fetch, and he was in a humor of Falstaffian heartiness.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • Six bloated Falstaffian bivalves lay before him in their shells.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • You cannot lay on the Falstaffian humour by a reasoning process from the outside.

    Platform Monologues T. G. Tucker
  • His body was a wine-pipe, or a rum-puncheon, or something of that character, and had a truly Falstaffian air.

  • Behind his almost Falstaffian mask and laugh of Silenus, he carried a fine, broad, and high intelligence which no one questioned.

British Dictionary definitions for Falstaffian


jovial, plump, and dissolute
Word Origin
C19: after Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Falstaffian

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Falstaffian

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for falstaffian