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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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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.
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.
Winkle, one of the Pickwickians, is a mild and foolish boaster, who pretends that he can do things he cannot.
Even if the Pickwickians didn't field a team of eleven, at least they had the decency and sense of tradition to play with a multiple of eleven.
This musical, based on Dickens' Pickwick Papers and originally written for Sir Harry Secombe, tells the story Samuel Pickwick, his friends the Pickwickians and his valet Sam Weller, as they unintentionally get involved in a pistol duel, an election in which Pickwick is mistaken for the candidate, and a lawsuit for breach of promise after a widow thinks he has proposed to her.
The story of "The Convict's Return" is told to the Pickwickians by the clergyman of Dingley Dell.
from the Pickwickians (men who are all too happy to take on his name)