PRONUNCIATION: (bar-DOL-fee-uhn)

MEANING: adjective: Having a red complexion, especially a red nose.

ETYMOLOGY: After Bardolph, a character in Shakespeare's Henry IV, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, who was noted for his red nose. Earliest documented use: 1756. Another character from these plays who has become a word in English is Falstaff.


BARDOLPHIN - a lawyer with a white hat (to distinguish itself from the sharks)