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[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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Falstaffian
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  • 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
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