Falstaffian


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Fal·staff·i·an

 (fôl-stăf′ē-ən)
adj.
Characterized by joviality and conviviality.

[After Sir John Falstaff, , a character in Henry IV, Parts I and II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare.]

Falstaffian

(fɔːlˈstɑːfɪən)
adj
jovial, plump, and dissolute
[C19: after Sir John Falstaff, a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts I–II (1597)]
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Adj.1.Falstaffian - of or resembling Falstaff
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His body was a wine-pipe, or a rum-puncheon, or something of that character, and had a truly Falstaffian air.
It was a spectacle to stir the dullest soul when this gallant band marched out of the yard in full regimentals, with Captain Dove a solemn, big-headed boy of eleven issuing his orders with the gravity of a general, and his Falstaffian regiment obeying them with more docility than skill.
He'd never imagined himself as Falstaff, he tells me, which begs the question: What Falstaffian characteristics did he feel he lacked?
Falstaffian Politics in Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho.
Also having fun, and singing very well in the doing so, were Nicola Alaimo as a Falstaffian Belcore, who ignored as best he could Sher's misconceived risor-gimento business, and especially Erwin Schrott as a most atypical Dulcamara--a preening popinjay who seemed forever in search of a mirror.
Walking through the streets is a Falstaffian tease for the senses or, depending on your viewpoint and waistline - a hellish torture for weightwatchers and calorie counters everywhere.
Still, good luck to the new regime and watch out for Lord Mayoral activity involving quadruplechinned John Lines, so Falstaffian I reckon he could explode at a civic banquet.
On the opposite end of the comic spectrum, Oliver Platt's jovial and, I dare say, Falstaffian Touchstone brought cheers and laughter the entire night.
The plot is intact but all of the rich character development is gone, including that of the Falstaffian central figure Judge Adam.
The army was headed by a pliable Falstaffian character named Joseph Momoh, who Stevens had made a member of parliament, and would soon become his successor as president.
Harold Bloom is the second critic mentioned in Shakespeare Only (after Knapp himself), and his influence surfaces not only in this book's emphasis on the exceptional ("one of a kind"), but also in the Falstaffian appetite it ascribes to a Shakespeare who "did not want to overcome the obstacles--he wanted to absorb them" (xiii, emphasis in the original).
Still another comment addresses the politics of choosing a play that could refresh the Falstaffian insult when the younger Lord Cobham, who was active in the ambassador's visit, might be in the audience.