Mrs. Robinson

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Name of a character in Charles Webb's The Graduate (1963) and its film adaptation.


Mrs. Robinson (plural Mrs. Robinsons)

  1. An older woman who seduces a younger man.
    • 1974, Vogue, volume 163, page iii:
      It's no longer the frustrated, outrageous outlet of a "Mrs. Robinson" or the lonely line of the spring of "Mrs. Stone."
    • 1979 November, Texas Monthly, volume 7, number 11:
      A Mr. Goodbar crowd (with some Mrs. Robinsons) and the hottest sundown cruising in town for the 40-and-under professional crowd.
    • 1988, Barbara Gordon, Jennifer fever: older men/younger women:
      But what about the Mrs. Robinsons? Apart from the ecstasy of sexual union and the joy of being with a perpetually erect, chronically ready young man (admittedly more fun than either jogging or yoghurt), is something else going on?
    • 2007, Chris Hansen, To Catch a Predator:
      There are the women who fall in love and seduce teenagers, the Mrs. Robinsons.
    • 2008, Xaviera Hollander, Katje van Dijk, The Happy Hooker's Guide to Sex: 69 Orgasmic Ways to Pleasure a Woman:
      Most women are seeking to be with a man they can trust to do this for them, so, if you want coaching, fess up, tell her you need a Mrs. Robinson, and you might get lucky.


Mrs. Robinson (third-person singular simple present Mrs. Robinsons, present participle Mrs. Robinsoning, simple past and past participle Mrs. Robinsoned)

  1. Of a woman: to seduce (a younger man).
    • 2012, Caitlin Moran, Moranthology, Ebury 2012, page 180:
      At the time I wrote this, it didn't seem appropriate to mention in The Times that I've ‘got my eye’ on husky-voiced, awkward Marv – Charlie's best friend – and would totally Mrs Robinson him when he reaches the age of majority; some four years hence form his age in the books.