Mi·​caw·​ber mi-ˈkȯ-bər How to pronounce Micawber (audio)
: one who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune
Micawberish adjective

Examples of Micawber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The smallest of the Micawber brood glides away in his baby carriage, because the bailiff is dragging the hallway carpet out from under the front door. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2020

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Word History


Wilkins Micawber, character in the novel David Copperfield (1849–50) by Charles Dickens

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Micawber was in 1852

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“Micawber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Micawber. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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