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Gilbertian

[gil-bur-tee-uh n] /gɪlˈbɜr ti ən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the style or humor of Sir William S. Gilbert.
Origin of Gilbertian
1875-1880
First recorded in 1875-80; Gilbert + -ian
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  • 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.

    The Escaping Club A. J. Evans
  • These complications were getting exceedingly Gilbertian in character.

  • This last is on the old lines of "palmy-day" burlesque, and has not much in it that is characteristically Gilbertian.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • In the dialogue, however, one comes across an occasional passage which strikes one as quite Gilbertian in its cynicism.

    A Book of Burlesque Willam Davenport Adams
  • There is a Gilbertian humour in the go-as-you-please style in which prisoners are treated.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • His plays are full of modern odds and ends, and in form are anything from the Robertsonian comedy to the Gilbertian extravaganza.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker
  • The situation may savour a little of the Gilbertian, but it is sufficiently serious for the families involved.

    Uruguay W. H. Koebel
British Dictionary definitions for Gilbertian

Gilbertian

/ɡɪlˈbɜːtɪən/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or resembling the style or whimsical humour of W. S. Gilbert
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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