(Lord) (3syl.). The impersonation of a good-natured,
indolent, blundering, empty-headed swell. The chief character in Tom
Taylor's dramatic piece called Our American Cousin. Mr. Sothern
created the character of Lord Dundreary by the power of his conception
and the genius of his acting. (See Brother Sam.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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