from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health: "She affected to be spunky about her ailments and afflictions, but she was in fact an utterly self-centered valetudinarian” ( Louis Auchincloss).
- adj. Chronically ailing; sickly.
- adj. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. sickly, infirm, of ailing health
- adj. being overly worried about one's health
- n. A person in poor health or sickly, especially one who is constantly obsessed with their state of health
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of infirm health; seeking to recover health; sickly; weakly; infirm.
- n. A person of a weak or sickly constitution; one who is seeking to recover health.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Being in a poor state of health; weak; infirm; invalid; delicate; seeking to recover health.
- n. A person of a weak, infirm, or sickly constitution; one who is seeking to recover health; an invalid.
- n. Also valetudinary.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of a person who is a valetudinarian
- n. weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
From Latin valētūdinārius, from valētūdō, valētūdin-, state of health, from valēre, to be strong or well; see wal- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin valētūdinārius, from valetudo ("state of health, health, ill health"), from valere ("to be strong or well") + -an (Wiktionary)