micawberish

micawberish
\\-b(ə)rish\ adjective
Usage: usually capitalized
: of, relating to, or characteristic of a Micawber (as in being habitually expectant of an upturn in one's fortunes)

home production continued to lag, but the Government went on its Micawberish way, waiting for something to turn up — Economist

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Micawberish /mi-köˈbə-rish/
adjective
Like Wilkins Micawber in Dickens's David Copperfield, jaunty and improvident, always ‘waiting for something to turn up’
Micawˈberism noun

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  • Micawberish — adjective see Micawber …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • micawberish — mi·caw·ber·ish …   English syllables

  • Micawber — noun Etymology: Wilkins Micawber, character in the novel David Copperfield (1849 50) by Charles Dickens Date: 1852 one who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune • Micawberish adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Wilkins Micawber — Mr Micawber redirects here. For other uses, see Micawber (disambiguation). Wilkins Micawber David Copperfield character …   Wikipedia

  • backward — Synonyms and related words: Micawberish, Olympian, a priori, a rebours, a reculons, about, afraid, aft, after, after time, aftermost, again, against the grain, ago, aloof, anticlockwise, apathetic, arear, around, arrested, arsy varsy, ascending,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dallying — Synonyms and related words: Micawberish, backward, coquetry, dabbling, dalliance, dawdling, delaying, dilatoriness, dilatory, dillydallying, dolce far niente, dragging, easygoing, fiddling, flirtation, fooling, fooling around, foot dragging,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • delaying — Synonyms and related words: Micawberish, backward, dallying, dawdling, dilatory, dillydallying, dragging, easygoing, foot dragging, lackadaisical, laggard, lagging, lax, lazy, lingering, loitering, lollygagging, procrastinating, procrastinative,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dilatory — Synonyms and related words: Micawberish, apathetic, backward, balking, balky, bone lazy, cadging, dallying, dawdling, delaying, deliberate, dillydallying, do nothing, doless, dragging, dronish, drony, easy, easygoing, ergophobic, faineant, foot… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • easygoing — Synonyms and related words: Bohemian, Micawberish, accepting, affable, afoot and lighthearted, airy, apathetic, at ease, at large, at liberty, ataractic, backward, blase, breezy, carefree, careless, casual, clear, clement, collected, comfortable …   Moby Thesaurus

  • foot dragging — Synonyms and related words: Micawberish, ambling, antipathy, arrest, arrestation, arrestment, averseness, aversion, backward, backwardness, blockage, blocking, cautious, cautiousness, check, circumspect, circumspection, claudicant, clogging,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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