Alphonse and Gaston

noun Al·phonse and Gas·ton \ˈalˌfänz . . . ˈgastən, ˈau̇ˌf-, -än(t)s-, -aast-\

Definition of Alphonse and Gaston

plural

Alphonses and Gastons

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1902


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