• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bobadil bob′a-dil a swaggering boaster, from Ben Jonson's Every Man in his Humour.
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In literature:

Ferguson, who was seldom scrupulous about the truth of his assertions, lied on this occasion like Bobadil or Parolles.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
What quarrel have you against the admiral, friend Bobadil?
"Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley
But, for all that, he was no Bobadil.
"The Belton Estate" by Anthony Trollope
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
In Shakespeare we have Paroles and Pistol; in Ben Jonson, Bobadil; in Beaumont and Fletcher, Bessus and Mons.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Meercraft, Bobadil, the Host of the New Inn, have all his image and superscription.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
No contrast can be greater than that which exists between the Parisian Bobadils and the Provincial Mobiles.
"Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris" by Henry Labouchère
The boys came back, and having left me a very Bobadil, they found me a juvenile Bavius.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Certain authors may be distinguished by the title of LITERARY BOBADILS, or fighting authors.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
The play selected was Ben Jonson's "Every Man in his Humour," in which Charles Dickens acted Captain Bobadil.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens