of, characteristic of, or like the writings of Kafka; specif., surreal, nightmarish, confusingly complex, etc.
- Of or relating to Franz Kafka or his writings.
- Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger: “Kafkaesque fantasies of the impassive interrogation, the false trial, the confiscated passport … haunt his innocence” ( New Yorker )
(comparative more Kafkaesque, superlative most Kafkaesque)
From Kafka + -esque, after writer Franz Kafka.