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1. Simple and kind: a Pickwickian uncle.
2. Meant or understood in an idiosyncratic or unusual way: a word used in a Pickwickian manner.

[After Mr. Pickwick, central character in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club by Charles Dickens.]


1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or resembling Mr Pickwick in Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers, esp in being naive or benevolent
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of the use or meaning of a word, etc) odd or unusual


(pɪkˈwɪk i ən)

1. simple, kind, endearing, or otherwise like Mr. Pickwick, central character of Charles Dickens' novel The Pickwick Papers (1837).
2. (of the use or interpretation of a word or phrase) odd or unusual.
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(A cry of "It is," and great cheering.) He would take the assertion of that honourable Pickwickian whose voice he had just heard--it was celebrated; but if the fame of that treatise were to extend to the farthest confines of the known world, the pride with which he should reflect on the authorship of that production would be as nothing compared with the pride with which he looked around him, on this, the proudest moment of his existence.
Pickwickian would withdraw the expression he had just made use of.
BLOTTON had no hesitation in saying that he had not--he had used the word in its Pickwickian sense.
He begged it to be at once understood, that his own observations had been merely intended to bear a Pickwickian construction.
'That, with the view just mentioned, this Association has taken into its serious consideration a proposal, emanating from the aforesaid, Samuel Pickwick, Esq., G.C.M.P.C., and three other Pickwickians hereinafter named, for forming a new branch of United Pickwickians, under the title of The Corresponding Society of the Pickwick Club.
Weller disengaged himself from the grasp of the agonised Pickwickian; and, in so doing, administered a considerable impetus to the unhappy Mr.
Winkle, one of the Pickwickians, is a mild and foolish boaster, who pretends that he can do things he cannot.
We are invited to view the weight of his grief through the pretense of his Pickwickian pleasure in his retired bachelor lifestyle.
(87) In addition, the prevalence of OSA patients with obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS), so-called Pickwickian syndrome, in which the prognosis was worse than in OSA patients without hypoventilation, was almost the same in Japan and in Western countries.
The pickwickian syndrome- obesity hypoventilation syndrome.
This can occasionally lead to unusual readings, as, for example, when he calls Great Expectations Dickens' most Pickwickian novel in years, a book with a loose story but a gloriously extravagant cast of characters.