[che-koh-vee-uh n, -kaw-fee-, -kof-ee-; chek-aw-fee-uh n, -of-ee-]


of, relating to, or characteristic of Anton Chekhov or his writings, especially as they are evocative of a mood of introspection and frustration.

Origin of Chekhovian

First recorded in 1920–25; Chekhov + -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of chekhovian

  • But at the same time there is a Chekhovian side of Coward waiting to be mined.

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    Rupert Everett Unleashed

    Kevin Sessums

    April 6, 2009

  • Well, not quite Chekhovian, but it that Chekhovian moment of intimacy that just sort of wafts away.

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    My Conversation with John Updike

    Barbara Probst Solomon

    January 29, 2009

Historical Examples of chekhovian