pleasant

See also: Pleasant

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English plesaunte, from Old French plaisant. Present participle of English please. Related to Dutch plezant (full of fun or pleasure). Partly displaced Old English wynsum, which became Modern English winsome.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈplɛzənt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛzənt

AdjectiveEdit

pleasant (comparative pleasanter or more pleasant, superlative pleasantest or most pleasant)

  1. Giving pleasure; pleasing in manner.
    We had a pleasant walk around the town.
    It wasn't so hot outside, but pleasant enough to have lunch in the garden.
  2. (obsolete) Facetious, joking.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Henry the Fift”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene ii]:
      [T]ell the pleasant prince this mock of his / Hath turn’d his balls to gun-stones []
    • 1600, Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, London, Dedication,[2]
      [] I present you here with a merrie conceited Comedie, called the Shoomakers Holyday, acted by my Lorde Admiralls Players this present Christmasse, before the Queenes most excellent Maiestie. For the mirth and pleasant matter, by her Highnesse graciously accepted; being indeede no way offensiue.

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pleasant (plural pleasants)

  1. (obsolete) A wit; a humorist; a buffoon.
    • 1603, Philemon Holland (translator), The Philosophie, commonlie called the Morals written by the learned philosopher Plutarch of Chæronea, London, p. 1144,[3]
      [] Galba was no better than one of the buffons or pleasants that professe to make folke merry and to laugh.
    • 1696, uncredited translator, The General History of the Quakers by Gerard Croese, London: John Dunton, Book 2, p. 96,[4]
      Yea, in the Courts of Kings and Princes, their Fools, and Pleasants, which they kept to relax them from grief and pensiveness, could not show themselves more dexterously ridiculous, than by representing the Quakers, or aping the motions of their mouth, voice, gesture, and countenance:

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