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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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.
His body was a wine-pipe, or a rum-puncheon, or something of that character, and had a truly Falstaffian air.
His age renders him more vulnerable, making the fact that he is beaten up by a group of young men seem crueller; his Falstaffian verbosity is comic and thus wins our affection; his reminders to the partisans of all the actions and trials that he has shared with them make it seem less likely that he will really be executed for a relatively minor offence; his sincere belief right up to the end that he will not be shot by his old companions makes his dying all the more poignant to the reader.
Cade's prolonged play on sallet is Falstaffian in its rhythms and jocular focus on the means with which appetite is satisfied.
Flamboyant arms dealer and scam artist extraordinaire Efraim Diveroli is Peter's polar opposite --or maybe global opposite, given Hill's Falstaffian bulk as he fast-talks his way past all sides in the U.
Further, like Falstaff in 1 Henry IV he at once identifies the follies of honor, but he also expresses skepticism for the Falstaffian substitute for manly honor, championed also by Pistol, Bardolf, and Nim.
Then on June 1, Nicholas McGegan, baroque expert, Gilbert and Sullivan buff and so much else besides, presides over a veritable cornucopia of Shakespearean delights with the collaboration of the CBSO Chorus: Nicolai and the Merry Wives of Windsor, songs by Thomas Arne, Sullivan's Merchant of Venice Suite (great fun to play as a piano duet, I've got the T-shirt), Vaughan Williams' Falstaffian In Windsor Forest, Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate (that will be a wow), Berlioz' Beatrice and Benedict (Much Ado) and Purcell's Fairy Queen (Midsummer Night's Dream).
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.
The second gambling story in the collection is one of Kelman's most remarkable productions: as exuberantly Falstaffian as 'Charlie' is quietly tragic.
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.