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.
The Falstaffian nature of Nawaz Sharif forced him to rely on the naivete of his inexperienced and immature daughter Maryam Safdar rather than his devoted supporters like Chaudhry Nisar.
(23) Wright describes Falstaffian apprehension as it appears from the outside, as an impairment of rational "discretion" that unleashes a logorrhea devoid of wisdom yet is, as Wright concedes, full of "very fine" wit.
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.
(4.10.6-15) Cade's prolonged play on sallet is Falstaffian in its rhythms and jocular focus on the means with which appetite is satisfied.
Hills' first Globe nomination came for Peter Brand, the buttoned-down number cruncher of 2011's "Moneyball." 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.S./ Iraq war in this true story of two men who won a Pentagon contract to deliver arms.
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." LFQ 41.3 (2013): 184-96.