- adj. Characteristic of vapour.
- adj. resembling or characteristic of vapor
- vapour + -ish (Wiktionary)
“Come, dear Susan, and let us make the best of this 'very penetrating world' - as a maid of my mother's used to call it in vapourish moods - come and wind me up again, as you have often done before when I was quite run down, so that, from being a mere senseless piece of lumber, I began to tick and tell people what o'clock it was.”
“A disgusting feeling of nausea, a kind of vapourish tightness behind his nose.”
“A man who wills fiercely to win the heart of a weak and vapourish woman MUST succeed, if he have opportunity enough.”
“First, where he has borne with any infirmity of your own; and I know of none where you can give him such an opportunity, except you get into a vapourish habit, by giving way to a temper too thoughtful and apprehensive:”
“And whenever, for appearance-sake, they are obliged to be together, every one sees, that the yawning husband, and the vapourish wife, are truly insupportable to one another; but separate, have freer spirits, and can be tolerable company.”
“If he do marry, he doubts he shall have a vapourish wife.”
“Excuse this depth of vapourish dejection, which forbids me even hope, the cordial that keeps life from stagnating, and which never was denied me till within these eight-and-forty hours.”
“Now this letter gives the servant the small-pox: and she has given it to her unhappy vapourish lady.”
“But, after all, so low, so dejected, continues she to be, that I am terribly afraid I shall have a vapourish wife, if I do marry.”
“I should be ready to censure some of thy contrivances and pretences to suspend the expected day, as trite, stale, and (to me, who know thy intention) poor; and too often resorted to, as nothing comes of them to be gloried in; particularly that of Mennell, the vapourish lady, and the ready-furnished house.”
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These words are from Samuel Richardson's novel Clarissa, Or, The History of a Young Lady, 1747-48
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