Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Gilbertian

[gil-bur-tee-uh n]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the style or humor of Sir William S. Gilbert.

Origin of Gilbertian

First recorded in 1875–80; Gilbert + -ian
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for gilbertian

Historical Examples

  • When he made "Society" rhyme with "Propriety," he thought he was getting to be Gilbertian.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • There was something so "Gilbertian" in the idea of a prisoner acting as his own jailer!

  • The question of toasts, too, and the light in which the university held them, was Gilbertian.

    Rowlandson's Oxford

    A. Hamilton Gibbs

  • The whole position was Gilbertian beyond the wildest dreams of that genius.

  • These complications were getting exceedingly Gilbertian in character.


British Dictionary definitions for gilbertian

Gilbertian

adjective
  1. characteristic of or resembling the style or whimsical humour of W. S. Gilbert
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

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.