Dogberry

Definition

Theater

  • The ignorant, meddling, and self-satisfied constable in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. The character is famous for his preposterous verbal solecisms:
    Comparisons are odorous
    Much Ado About Nothing (III, v)

    According to John Aubrey, the character was drawn from a realconstable of Grendon Underwood in Buckinghamshire, where Shakespeareoften stayed on his way between London and Stratford. This man was stillalive in 1642. see also Mrs Malaprop

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