Origin of dogberry
- a foolish constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
- any foolish, blundering, or stupid official.
Examples from the Web for dogberry
Historical Examples of dogberry
Here is an ignoramus, and Dogberry is placed on the judge's bench.The American Mind
Like Dogberry, these things are to him but the gift of God; and he knows them at his birth.Nuts and Nutcrackers
Charles James Lever
It is an important examination, and therefore, like Dogberry, we must spare no wisdom.Waverley
Sir Walter Scott
It is just what the local Dogberry and the scratch jury happen to find.
I meant no comparisons; comparisons are odorous, saith Dogberry.To Have and To Hold
- any of certain plants that have berry-like fruits, such as the European dogwood or the bearberry
- the fruit of any of these plants
- (sometimes capital) a foolish, meddling, and usually old official