Share this entry

Benchley Syllabification: Bench·ley
Pronunciation: /ˈben(t)SHlē/

Definition of Benchley in English:

1The name of a family of US writers, including:
1.1 Robert Charles (1889–1945), drama critic, actor, and humorist. He was a theater critic for Life magazine ( 1920–29) and The New Yorker ( 1929–40).
1.2 Nathaniel ( 1915–81), son of Robert. He was the author of such humorous novels as Lassiter’s Folly (1971).
1.3 Peter (1940–2006), son of Nathaniel. He wrote Jaws (1974), The Deep (1976), and White Shark (1994).

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources