Pickwickianism

[ pik-wik-ee-uh-niz-uhm ]
/ pɪkˈwɪk i əˌnɪz əm /

noun

a Pickwickian statement, expression, word, or the like.

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Origin of Pickwickianism

First recorded in 1890–95; Pickwickian + -ism
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