[ pik-wik-ee-uhn ]
/ pɪkˈwɪk i ən /
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of, relating to, or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick, central character of The Pickwick Papers.
(of the use or interpretation of an expression) intentionally or unintentionally odd or unusual.
(of words or ideas) meant or understood in a sense different from the apparent or usual one.
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Origin of Pickwickian
1830–40; Pickwick + -ian
OTHER WORDS FROM PickwickianPick·wick·i·an·ly, adverb
Words nearby Pickwickian
pick up on, pick-up stick, pick up the pieces, pickup tube, pickwick, Pickwickian, Pickwickianism, Pickwickian syndrome, Pickwick, Samuel, picky, picloram
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How to use Pickwickian in a sentence
Saying this, Mrs. Pott smiled sweetly on the disturbed Pickwickian, and extended her hand towards him.The Pickwick Papers|Charles Dickens
It can't harm anybody who, on the Pickwickian principle, "takes enough of it."
You agree to it in a certain sentimental Pickwickian sense, but you do not hold it as a living truth.A New Atmosphere|Gail Hamilton
It is only within narrow limits, and then only in a Pickwickian sense, that honesty is the best policy.The Theory of the Leisure Class|Thorstein Veblen
Green illustrated wrapper, depicting portraits of fourteen Pickwickian characters.Dickens and His Illustrators|Frederic G. Kitton
British Dictionary definitions for Pickwickian
/ (pɪkˈwɪkɪən) /
of, relating to, or resembling Mr Pickwick in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, esp in being naive or benevolent
(of the use or meaning of a word, etc) odd or unusual
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