Meaning of Wildean in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwʌɪldɪən/


  • Relating to or characteristic of Oscar Wilde or his works, especially in being witty and epigrammatic.

    ‘his performance laced with dry Wildean wit’
    • ‘Social hypocrisy, and the sexual double standard, are central Wildean targets, and he is merciless in his attacks on them.’
    • ‘It is a film of light, cerebral kicks and genuine Wildean wit.’
    • ‘She had an amazing array of Wildean oneliners and putdowns that reduced the audience to hysterics.’
    • ‘This is, for Wildean scholars and students of the fin-de-siecle, a treasure-trove of a book.’
    • ‘It is not always easy to see why qualities such as moral anger, use of farce or the concern to balance popular entertainment with debate about public issues should be Jonsonian rather than (for instance) Shavian or Wildean.’


  • An admirer or student of Oscar Wilde or his works.

    ‘at Oxford, I fell in with a circle of venerable gentleman Wildeans’
    • ‘Fairy tales were deployed by Wildeans to express same-sex desire in a thickly coded array of tropes.’
    • ‘Few critics will agree with all her assessments but most Wildeans will find her survey a valuable resource.’
    • ‘The magazine had carried an acerbic satire on Wildeans in general as they were observed in the auditorium on the opening night of 'The Importance of Being Earnest.'’
    • ‘As post-Wildeans and post-Freudians, perhaps we mostly read a book in both ways, as autobiografiction about the writer and also about ourselves.’
    • ‘Wilde had to make equality the material precondition of freedom, and later Wildeans have insisted that Wilde was a socialist because he was so deeply an individualist.’