E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A military braggart of the first water. Captain Bobadil is a character in Ben Jonsons comedy of Every Man in his Humour. This name was probably suggested by Bobadilla, first governor of Cuba, who sent Columbus home in chains. (See VINCENT.)
Bobadil is the authors best invention, and is worthy to march in the same regiment with Bessus and Pistol, Parolles, and the Copper Captain (q.v.).B. W. Procter.