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Jack Pudding

See also: jackpudding


Alternative forms

  • jack-pudding, Jack-pudding, jack pudding


Jack Pudding (plural Jack Puddings)

  1. A buffoon character appearing in stage and street performances.
    • 1680, "Trial of Lionel Anderson and Others for High Treason", in A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason (1816)
      [Lord Chief Justice:] It may be so, more know Jack Pudding, than Jack Pudding knows.
    • a. 1839, William Dunlap, A History of the American Theatre from Its Origins to 1832, page 310
      Aha! said I, here is the Jack Pudding. I see he has forgot his broomstick and gridiron; he'll compensate for these wants, I suppose, by his wit and humour
    • 1843, Peregrine Mango, "A Trip to the Tropics", in The Yale Literary Magazine, page 289
      One of them, the Jack Pudding of the company, mounted upon a pair of stilts that were strapped to his legs, and dressed most fantastically,
    • 1843, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Irish Sketchbook, in The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray (1869), page 246
      Then he brought forward Jack Pudding, and had a dialogue with him ; the jocularity of which,' by heavens ! made the heart ache to hear.

See also

  • Hanswurst
  • Harlequin
  • Jean Potage
  • Macaroni
  • Pekelharing, Pickelharing