from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Affected by or filled with spleen; irritable.

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  • adj. Full of spleen; spiteful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Displaying, or affected with, spleen; angry; fretful; melancholy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of or displaying spleen; angry; peevish; fretful; melancholy; hypochondriacal; splenetic.


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From spleen +‎ -ful.


  • We regretted, for Thackeray's own sake, that he had permitted himself, in some spleenful moment, to commit an injustice, which would sooner or later be apparent to his own mind.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864

  • Ah, those maladette bestie di serpenti -- they swarmed among the rocks: they were of every kind and size; worst of all, the spleenful naja.

    Fountains in the Sand Rambles Among the Oases of Tunisia

  • In spleenful moments, it seems to me that the most depraved of city-dwellers has flashes of enthusiasm and self-abnegation never experienced by this shifty, retrogressive and ungenerous brood, which lives like the beasts of the field and has learnt all too much of their logic.

    Old Calabria

  • Breaking a slumber in which all spleenful folly was drown'd. . .

    Maud. Part I

  • His fluency was as remarkable as ever, and at first as spleenful; by-and-by his outrageous mood gave way, and, in response to some of Rainham's adroit thrusts, he condescended to stand on his defence.

    A Comedy of Masks A Novel

  • Extreme sensitiveness is apt to accompany a spirit of just his high-strung, petulant, and spleenful sort.

    Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8 A series of pen and pencil sketches of the lives of more than 200 of the most prominent personages in History

  • The Umbrian mountaineers are spleenful, tenacious of a grudge and ferociously acrimonious.

    Andivius Hedulio Adventures of a Roman Nobleman in the Days of the Empire

  • Mr. ARTHUR WHITBY'S parson, Mr. NORMAN FORBES 'squire, Miss JEAN CADELL'S housekeeper, left no chinks in their armour for a critic's spleenful arrow.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-04-25

  • He knows that not only was his jealousy of his wife groundless, but it was forced by a spleenful pride.

    Vittoria — Volume 4

  • There was a time when I would have dilated lovingly upon this structure -- a time when I probably knew as much about Carthusian convents as is needful for any of their inmates; when I studied Tromby's ponderous work and God knows how many more -- ay, and spent two precious weeks of my life in deciphering certain crabbed MSS. of Tutini in the Brancacciana library -- ay, and tested the spleenful Perrey's "Ragioni del Regio Fisco, etc.," as to the alleged land-grabbing propensities of this order -- ay, and even pilgrimaged to Rome to consult the present general of the Carthusians

    Old Calabria


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  • Wow... This is right up there with phlegm. Not my favorite word.

    August 10, 2010