Meaning of Johnsonese in English:

Johnsonese

Pronunciation /dʒɒnsəˈniːz/

noun

  • The characteristic language or style of Samuel Johnson; an elaborate literary style of English characterized by the use of many Latinate words and grandiloquent phraseology.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859), historian, essayist, and poet. From the name of Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer + -ese.