Definition of Pooterish in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpo͞odəriSH/ /ˈpudərɪʃ/


  • Self-important and mundane or narrow-minded.

    ‘Duran has a Pooterish way with an anecdote which makes his book often very funny’
    • ‘She writes about their ‘relationship’ with a Pooterish self-regard that verges on the comic.’’
    • ‘In writing those awful Pooterish books about Iris, John Bayley has quite appropriated her life to his own ends - an irony of which director Richard Eyre seems utterly unaware.’
    • ‘It's a minor classic of Pooterish indignation.’
    • ‘He was a Pooterish character (Brahmsian beard and all).’
    • ‘In that sense Clarke is quintessentially English: Pooterish, mildly eccentric, inquisitive, unpushy yet quietly ambitious.’
    • ‘The die was cast against Wilde, found guilty of playing with sin in the secret house of shame, and there was Pooterish celebration at The Laurels.’
    • ‘Nor is he some Pooterish prisoner of the past, obsessed with maintaining a gentility and civility for cricket that never existed in the first place.’
    • ‘Tony Benn's diaries date back to 1940, since when he has poured over events at Westminster in Pooterish detail.’
    • ‘That fact, like many others, does not appear in her Pooterish autobiography, Open Secret’
    • ‘Bayley's deadpan, Pooterish style draws the reader into supplying what is left out.’
    • ‘It nevertheless offered a memorable addition to Leigh's gallery of comic creations in Alan Dixon, a Pooterish middle-aged clerk who has an obsession with the activities of the British royalty and aristocracy.’
    • ‘Whistler's description of meeting him at a party in laurel wreath, toga, and iron-rimmed spectacles has a definitely Pooterish quality.’


1960s from the name of Charles Pooter, the central character of Diary of a Nobody (1892) by George and Weedon Grossmith.