[fawl-staf-ee-uh n]


of, relating to, or having the qualities of Falstaff, especially his robust, bawdy humor, good-natured rascality, and brazen braggadocio: Falstaffian wit.

Origin of Falstaffian

First recorded in 1800–10; Falstaff + -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for falstaffian



jovial, plump, and dissolute

Word Origin for Falstaffian

C19: after Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597)
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