What does “in a Pickwickian sense” mean? March 18, 2012 by Pamela Landy · Filed Under: Literature “In a Pickwickian sense” refers to the joking use of insulting words or epithets. The phrase comes from Dickens’s Pickwick Papers (1836-37). Samuel Pickwick exchanges barbs in just such a friendly way with Mr. Blotton in Chapter One. Related PostsWhat does the word Mafia mean and what does the word Cosa Nostra mean?What does Chicago amnesia mean?What does to be hoist by one’s own petard mean?Why does the phrase Swan Song mean a farewell or goodbye?What does auld lang sync mean?