[rab-uh-ley-zee-uh n, -zhuh n]
- of, relating to, or suggesting François Rabelais, whose work is characterized by broad, coarse humor and keen satire.
- a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais.
Origin of Rabelaisian
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Examples from the Web for rabelaisian
The book and its Rabelaisian criticisms have been long since forgotten.
“Lost” was not the exact phrase, Boucher being a Rabelaisian wag, but it will pass.Fragonard
Except for these, the book is characterized by a truly Rabelaisian humor.
Thus mediæval play is epical in its Rabelaisian plainness of speech.Unicorns
We must stand on our feet in all our Rabelaisian nakedness, and watch the world fade.The Return
Walter de la Mare
- of, relating to, or resembling the work of Rabelais, esp by broad, often bawdy humour and sharp satire
- a student or admirer of Rabelais
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Word Origin and History for rabelaisian
1817, from French author François Rabelais (c.1490-1553), whose writings "are distinguished by exuberance of imagination and language combined with extravagance and coarseness of humor and satire." [OED]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper