Pooterish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the name of the character Charles Pooter in George and Weedon Grossmith's 1892 novel The Diary of a Nobody.

Adjective[edit]

Pooterish (comparative more Pooterish, superlative most Pooterish)

  1. Characteristic of the character Charles Pooter; of modest social status, especially when having pretensions of greater significance and status.
    • 1980, The Listener - Volume 103, page 378:
      The volume begins, though, with Byron being petty and Pooterish — if it is possible for such a non-family man to be Pooterish.
    • 2008, Chris Rojek, Brit-Myth: Who Do the British Think They Are?, →ISBN:
      The vegetative eugenics practised in mild-mannered cul-de-sacs, the extreme prejudice of poisoning some blameless green thing while feeding another, are symptoms of Pooterish yearning for a fascist order (p. 161).
    • 2013, Tony Whitehead, Mike Leigh, →ISBN, page 43:
      That said, it produces a great comic creation in Alan Dixon (Richard Kane), a splendidly Pooterish middle-aged clerk, fixated with unctuous reverence on the activities of British royalty and the aristocracy, including one or two of the firm's clients.