Rabelaisian [rab-uh-ley-zee-uh n, -zhuh n] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of, relating to, or suggesting François Rabelais, whose work is characterized by broad, coarse humor and keen satire.


  1. a person who admires or studies the works of Rabelais.

Origin of Rabelaisian First recorded in 1855–60; Rabelais + -ian Examples from the Web for rabelaisian Historical Examples of rabelaisian

  • The book and its Rabelaisian criticisms have been long since forgotten.

    The Bell-Ringer of Angel’s and Other Stories

    Bret Harte

  • “Lost” was not the exact phrase, Boucher being a Rabelaisian wag, but it will pass.


    Haldane Macfall

  • Except for these, the book is characterized by a truly Rabelaisian humor.

    The History of Yiddish Literature in the Nineteenth Century

    Leo Wiener

  • Thus mediæval play is epical in its Rabelaisian plainness of speech.


    James Huneker

  • We must stand on our feet in all our Rabelaisian nakedness, and watch the world fade.

    The Return

    Walter de la Mare

  • British Dictionary definitions for rabelaisian Rabelaisian adjective

    1. of, relating to, or resembling the work of Rabelais, esp by broad, often bawdy humour and sharp satire


    1. a student or admirer of Rabelais

    Derived FormsRabelaisianism, noun Word Origin and History for rabelaisian Rabelaisian adj.

    1817, from French author François Rabelais (c.1490-1553), whose writings “are distinguished by exuberance of imagination and language combined with extravagance and coarseness of humor and satire.” [OED]

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