Alphonse and Gaston

Al·​phonse and Gas·​ton | \ ˈalˌfänz . . . ˈgastən, ˈau̇ˌf-, -än(t)s-, -aast- \
plural Alphonses and Gastons

Definition of Alphonse and Gaston

: a pair of persons exhibiting an excessive usually exaggerated politeness or deference to each other especially about not taking precedence

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Alphonse and Gaston

1902, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Alphonse and Gaston

after Alphonse and Gaston, characters displaying excessive politeness and often uttering the phrases “after you, my dear Gaston” and “after you, my dear Alphonse” that appeared in the comic strip Alphonse and Gaston by Frederick B. Opper †1937 American illustrator and cartoonist

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Alphonse and Gaston

Time Traveler for Alphonse and Gaston

Time Traveler

The first known use of Alphonse and Gaston was in 1902

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Alphonse and Gaston

Cite this Entry

“Alphonse and Gaston.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

Comments on Alphonse and Gaston

What made you want to look up Alphonse and Gaston? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!