What does the word fustian mean?

Usage examples for fustian

  1. I took up one of the newspapers listlessly: Glanville's name struck me; I read the paragraph which contained it- it was a high- flown and fustian panegyric on his genius and promise. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  2. Jack, with swollen eyes and cheeks besmirched with angry tears, was vehemently declaring that he had only climbed the tree to " have a look at Master Darwin's pigeons," and had not picked so much as a leaf, let alone a walnut; and the gardener, " shaking the truth out of him" by the collar of his fustian jacket, was preaching loudly on the sin of adding falsehood to theft, when the parson's daughter came up, and, in the end, acquitted poor Jack, and gave him leave to amuse himself as he pleased. – Jackanapes, Daddy Darwin's Dovecot and Other Stories by Juliana Horatio Ewing
  3. Cobbett despised andsoforths, for their lack of meaning; and I find none in this one, unless it be, " of tinsel and of fustian." – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown