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Bobadil. the name of a swaggering but cowardly captain in Ben Jonson's comedy of Every Man in his Humour. So cleverly is the character drawn that the word has passed into a generic term for military braggarts. It may have been derived originally from Boabdil (q.v.), the story of whose weakness was familiar to writers of the period.