pecksniffery

noun

peck·​sniff·​ery
ˈpekˌsnifərē
variants or pecksniffianism
pekˈsnifēəˌnizəm
plural pecksnifferies or pecksniffianisms
often capitalized
: the quality or state of being pecksniffian
the national pecksnifferyH. L. Mencken

Word History

Etymology

pecksniffery from Seth Pecksniff, character in Martin Chuzzlewit (1843–44) by Charles Dickens †1870 English novelist + English -ery; pecksniffianism from pecksniffian + -ism

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“Pecksniffery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pecksniffery. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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