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[mit-ee] /ˈmɪt i/
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Mittyesque, Mittyish, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mittyesque


Walter Mitty
  1. a fictional character given to grand and elaborate fantasies; daydreamer
  2. (as modifier): a Walter Mitty character, a Mitty act
Derived Forms
Mittyesque, Mitty-like, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from a short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), by James Thurber
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"adventurous daydreamer," 1950, from title character in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," short story by U.S. author James Thurber (1894-1961) first published in the "New Yorker" March 18, 1939.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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