- 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.
Origin of Pickwickian
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Historical Examples of pickwickian
But as he damned me only officially and in confidence, I took it in the Pickwickian sense.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
Being “one of the oldest-established,” it must have been there at the time of the Pickwickian visit.Pickwickian Studies
“Flying the garter” is another of the Pickwickian boy games.Pickwickian Manners and Customs
I meant it strictly in the Pickwickian sense, Tom hastened to explain.The Eight-Oared Victors
But his intimate friend or two had a quality in common with the Pickwickian bottle or two.A Likely Story
William De Morgan
- 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