Word Origin for Micawber
Examples from the Web for micawber
Who has not himself waited, like Micawber, for something to turn up?The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete|John Forster
I felt quite uncomfortable—as if Mrs. Micawber supposed I had asked her to do anything of the sort!The Personal History of David Copperfield |Charles Dickens
Mr. Micawber's answer expressed the disturbance of his mind.David Copperfield|Charles Dickens
Good novelists are much rarer than good sons, and none of us would part readily with Micawber and Mrs. Nickleby.A Critic in Pall Mall|Oscar Wilde
He at once took him to his house and kept him as a guest, till, like Micawber, "something turned up" for him to do.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
Word Origin and History for micawber
as a type of a childishly impractical man living in optimistic fantasy, from the character of Wilkins Micawber in Dickens' "David Copperfield" (1850).
"I am at present, my dear Copperfield, engaged in the sale of corn upon commission. It is not an avocation of a remunerative description -- in other words it does not pay -- and some temporary embarrassments of a pecuniary nature have been the consequence. I am however delighted to add that I have now an immediate prospect of something turning up ...."