from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to phlegm; phlegmy.
- adj. Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish.
- adj. Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution.
- adj. Generating, causing, or full of phlegm.
- adj. Watery.
- n. One who has a phlegmatic disposition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Watery.
- adj. Abounding in phlegm
- adj. Generating or causing phlegm.
- adj. Not easily excited to action or passion; cold; dull; sluggish; heavy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of phlegm; watery; aqueous: as, phlegmatic humors.
- Generating or causing phlegm.
- Abounding in phlegm; lymphatic; hence, cold; dull; sluggish; heavy; not easily excited to action or passion; apathetic; cool and self-restrained: as, a phlegmatic temperament. See temperament.
- Synonyms Frigid, impassive, unsusceptible. See apathy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. showing little emotion
Middle English fleumatik, from Old French fleumatique, from Late Latin phlegmaticus, full of phlegm, from Greek phlegmatikos, from phlegma, phlegmat-, heat, the humor phlegm, from phlegein, to burn; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek φλέγμα (phlégma, "phlegma") (Wiktionary)