Definition of Johnsonese
: a literary style characterized by balanced phraseology and Latinate diction
Origin and Etymology of johnsonese
First Known Use: 1843
Rhymes with johnsonese
Ambonese, Androcles, Annamese, antifreeze, Assamese, Balinese, Bengalese, Bhutanese, Bolognese, Brooklynese, Cantonese, Cervantes, Ceylonese, Chersonese, Congolese, cottage cheese, diocese, expertise, Faeroese, federalese, fifth disease, Genovese, gourmandise, Hebrides, Heracles, Hercules, Hyades, ill at ease, in a breeze, Japanese, Javanese, journalese, Kanarese, legalese, litotes, manganese, Milanese, Nepalese, Nipponese, overseas, Pekingese, Pericles, Pleiades, Portuguese, Pyrenees, shoot the breeze, Siamese, Sienese, Silures, Sinhalese, Socrates, Sophocles, Sporades, to one's knees
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Johnsonese? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).