Micawber

noun
Mi·caw·ber | \mi-ˈkȯ-bər, -ˈkä-\

Definition of Micawber 

: one who is poor but lives in optimistic expectation of better fortune

Other Words from Micawber

Micawberish \-bə-rish \ adjective

First Known Use of Micawber

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Micawber

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

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