Costard

Definition

Theater

  • A slow-witted rustic in Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.He apes the court wit of the other characters but commits solecismslike Dogberry or Mrs Malaprop.

    The name is an archaic term for a type of large apple and,metaphorically, the head:

    Take him on the costard with the hilts of thy sword.
    Shakespeare: Richard III (I, iv)
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