Resembling the writings or style of Charles Dickens, especially in having vivid descriptive passages, satirical observation of society, and humour and pathos. Also: reminiscent or evocative of the places, situations, etc., described in the writings of Dickens, especially those representing urban life in Victorian England. Compare Dickenesque , "Dickensian".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The New York Times. From the name of Charles Dickens + -esque.