E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
A burlesque tyrant in The Rehearsal, by G. Villiers, Duke of Buckingham (1672). He kills every one, sparing neither friend nor foe. The name stands for a blustering braggart, and the farce is said to have been a satire on Drydens inflated tragedies. (See BAYES, BOBADIL.)
[He] frights his mistress, snubs up kings, battles armies, and does what he will, without regard to numbers, good sense, or justice.Bayes: The Rehearsal.