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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Proper name, 19th century


Resembling the character Wilkins Micawber in Charles Dickens' novel “David Copperfield,” especially in being irresponsibly optimistic.

Examples of Micawberish in a sentence

"Our Micawberish guide assured us the rain would pass in a minute, but an hour later we were soaked through."

"When it came to paying his rent, Walter had a Micawberish habit that his landlord found very frustrating."

About Micawberish

“Micawberish” is a reference to the character Wilkins Micawber in Charles Dickens’ novel “David Copperfield.”

Did you Know?

In Charles Dickens’ 1850 novel “David Copperfield,” Wilkins Micawber is a financially scattered character who maintains an unflappable optimism that something positive will soon happen, even as he faces mounting challenges and tragedies. The phrase closely associated with Wilkins Micawber is “Something will turn up,” making Micawber symbolic of excessive optimism coupled with disorganization and recklessness.

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