Dogberry

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Dogberry (Bot) The berry of the dogwood; -- called also dogcherry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dogberry The berry of the dogwood, Cornus sanguinea.
    • n dogberry In Nova Scotia, the mountain-ash, Pyrus Americana.
    • n dogberry Ribes Cynosbati. See wild *gooseberry, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dogberry dog′ber-ri the fruit of a species of dogwood: a stupid, obstinate fellow, from the old watchman in Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing.
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Usage

In literature:

Conversing with him, Podsnap might have been piquant, Dogberry incisive.
"Paul Kelver" by Jerome Klapka, AKA Jerome K. Jerome
And Dogberry comes up with the town guard?
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
These were the true successors of Dogberry; often infirm or aged persons appointed to keep them out of the workhouse.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
It is just what the local Dogberry and the scratch jury happen to find.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, January 1888" by Various
The law stood something like that, and was impartially administered by the Auckland Dogberry.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Here is an ignoramus, and Dogberry is placed on the judge's bench.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
You are a pretty Dogberry come to judgment!
"The Quality of Mercy" by W. D. Howells
Never since the House of Commons grew out of the Wittenagemot has that august Assembly been brought so nearly into the position of Dogberry.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 29, May 1893" by Various
The ignorance and inefficiency of the police is rather portrayed than satirized in Shakespeare's Dogberry and Verges.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
He wished to be like Dogberry and have everything handsome about him.
"The Gay Adventure" by Richard Bird
Governor Winthrop's account of the exploits of a Boston Dogberry in 1644 is certainly amusing.
"Curious Punishments of Bygone Days" by Alice Morse Earle
Shakespeare, in his "Much Ado about Nothing," puts into the mouth of Dogberry the variation "comparisons are odorous.
"Proverb Lore" by F. Edward Hulme
To a certain extent the figure of Dogberry and more especially the face, justify Tieck's repugnance.
"Tieck's Essay on the Boydell Shakspere Gallery" by George Henry Danton
The music to open is not at all gloomy, as it is to introduce Seacole, Dogberry, and Verges.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Christopher Wilson
Dogberry and Verges are of a different species from the comic policeman of musical comedy.
"Chaucer and His Times" by Grace E. Hadow
The Dogberry in charge would warn a number of householders to attend him for the night.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
Last week, I wrote at length, and like Dogberry, in Shakespeare, bestowed all my tediousness upon my readers.
"The New-York Weekly Magazine" by Various
In the towns a night-watch was soon instituted, and the instructions given by the Boston magistrates smack strongly of Dogberry's famous charge.
"Stage-coach and Tavern Days" by Alice Morse Earle
When I first looked on these guardians of the night, I involuntarily thought of Shakspeare's Dogberry and Verges.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 99, September 20, 1851" by Various
We would not have Dogberry put off the watch to give place to some one who could pass the civil service examination.
"The Gentle Reader" by Samuel McChord Crothers
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