From Pasquino, a mutilated statue at Rome, set up against the wall of the place of the Orsini; so called from a witty cobbler or tailor, near whose shop the statue was dug up. On this statue it was customary to paste satirical notes.
pasquin (plural pasquins)
- A lampooner.
- A lampoon; a pasquinade.
- The Grecian wits, who satire first began, / Were pleasant pasquins on the life of man.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for pasquin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)