Definition of Benchley
the name of a family of US writers, including: 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). Nathaniel (1915–81), son of Robert. He was the author of such humorous novels as Lassiter’s Folly (1971). Peter (1940–2006), son of Nathaniel. He wrote Jaws (1974), The Deep (1976), and White Shark (1994).