See also: dogberry



From Dogberry, the name of a character in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (1600).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdɒɡbəɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɡˌbɛɹi/, /ˈdɑɡˌbɛɹi/


Dogberry (plural Dogberries)

  1. A pompous, foolish or self-important official. [from 19th c.]
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, p. 333:
      It would be interesting to know how many village Dogberries there were like Thomas Law, the constable of Quendon, Essex, whose reaction in 1651 on being informed of a robbery was to call on the astrologer, William Hills, ‘with an intent to hear what he might say, so that he might make his search accordingly’.