Micawberesque

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Micawber +‎ -esque.

Adjective[edit]

Micawberesque (comparative more Micawberesque, superlative most Micawberesque)

  1. Upbeat and optimistic in the face of seemingly hopeless circumstances.
    Synonyms: Micawberish, Micawber-like, Micawberly
    • 2009, Ralph Keyes, I Love It When You Talk Retro:
      No one was more Micawberesque than Candide.
    • 2013, Hugh White, The China Choice: Why We Should Share Power, page 153:
      It would be merely feckless to frame American choices about China on the Micawberesque hope that something will turn up, or that China will turn down.
    • 2016, Michael Irwin, Picturing: Description and Illusion in the Nineteenth Century Novel:
      Within the Murdstone and Grinby period, for all its miseries, David on occasion shows glimpses of a Micawberesque sprightliness - notably when he goes to order himself a celebratory glass of the best ale: '...just draw me a glass of the Genuine Stunning, if you please, with a good head to it'.