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 (pĭn′tər), Harold 1930-2008.
British playwright, screenwriter, and director whose plays, including The Birthday Party (1958) and The Dumb Waiter (1960), create an atmosphere of menace. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2005.

Pin′ter·esque′ (-ĕsk′) adj.


(Biography) Harold. 1930–2008, English dramatist. His plays, such as The Caretaker (1959), The Homecoming (1964), No Man's Land (1974), Moonlight (1993), and Celebration (2000), are noted for their equivocal and halting dialogue: Nobel prize for literature 2005
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Harold, born 1930, English playwright.
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Noun1.Pinter - English dramatist whose plays are characterized by silences and the use of inaction (born in 1930)
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At drinks parties I guzzle water and marvel at the Pinteresque slowness with which we come to the point.
But she couldn't cope with all its long, Pinteresque pauses - and kept shouting "AWKWARD!" after a few seconds.
The second screenplay, based on a short story by Out Of Africa author Karen Blixen, stars Last Tango In Halifax's Anne Reid and Radio 4 drama commissioner Jeremy Howe said: "It isn't often that you can announce the premiere of a script by the late great Harold Pinter, one of the leading dramatists of the 20th century, and then two come along, both wonderfully Pinteresque and both utterly different.
And the sequence of four playlets presented by the Thespians at the LBT is - to use an adjective that has made it into the OED - thoroughly Pinteresque. We don't get many of the long pauses that are also deemed to be a Pinter characteristic, but the other elements are present and correct.
The adjective "Pinteresque," first used in 1960, describes a wide variety of recurring themes in Pinter's plays having to do with "implications of threat and strong feeling produced through colloquial language, apparent triviality, and long pauses" (OED).
Also out this week The Devil's Business (18) Pinteresque British supernatural horror as two Irish hitmen find their job spiralling out of control and their target's not what he seems.
IT HAS become an easy dramatic shorthand to describe certain plays as "Shakespearean" or "Pinteresque".
In "Writing for the Theatre," we find the rather laconic (and classically Pinteresque) statement, "Language ...
DeLillo extracts considerable suspense from his story, while building a Pinteresque sense of dread, there is something suffocating and airless about this entire production.
Dialogue that should have been directed with an almost Pinteresque sense of timing is delivered without meaningful shadings, principally by two actors who have no chemistry together.
Orton's air of menace in A Ruffian on the Stair is a skilful use of non-visual drama, a conscious parody of the Pinteresque world of the evil that may lurk in the banal.