Drawcansir

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Drawcansir A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully. "The leader was of an ugly look and gigantic stature; he acted like a drawcansir , sparing neither friend nor foe."
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Drawcansir draw′kan-sėr a blustering fellow, a braggart.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the name of a bullying braggart character in the play by George Villiers called “The Rehearsal.”
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
The name of a character in Buckingham's Rehearsal (1671).

Usage

In literature:

What say you to Drawcansir's reputation as a military commander?
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I have not the least inclination to be so outrageous a drawcansir in my love affairs!
"Biographia Literaria" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Juan, who was a little superficial, And not in literature a great Drawcansir.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
No doubt there are drawcansirs enough to push this offence as far as it will go.
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor" by Stephen Cullen Carpenter
Mr. Wordsworth is, we must say, a perfect Drawcansir as to prose writers.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
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