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  • adj. full of spleen; melancholy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Irritable; peevish; fretful.
  • adj. Affected with nervous complaints; melancholy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Full of or characterized by spleen.
  • Melancholy, or subject to fits of melancholy; affected with nervous complaints.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • "I've an idea I'm spleeny," he replied with a ghastly attempt at a smile.

    The Darrow Enigma

  • The man who thinks he is dying may be spleeny, but the man who says he is spleeny is, of the two, the one more likely to be dying.

    The Darrow Enigma

  • Hopewell was spleeny about it -- ya-as, indeed, he was.

    Janice Day at Poketown

  • "Wal ', he 's poored away dreadful, but Aunt Lowize says he 's turned to git along all right now, and when Aunt Lowize gives hopes, it 's good hopes, she 's nachally so spleeny."

    Vesty of the Basins

  • It is such a mouth as we can imagine some remorseless inquisitor to have had -- that is, not an inquisitor filled with holy zeal for what he mistakenly thought the cause of Christ demanded, but a spleeny, envious, rancorous shaveling, who tortured men from hatred of their superiority to him, and sheer love of inflicting pain.


  • "But as it has been the custom from time immemorial for rewards to be offered for shedders of human blood, and many men whose respectability cannot be questioned have received rewards for services so rendered, I think that I shall pocket my share, and consider all three of you very weak and spleeny not to do the same."

    The Gold Hunters' Adventures Or, Life in Australia

  • Shakspeare's spirit was too catholic, too universal, to have allowed, in a work entirely his own, even his Wolsey to have made use of the term "a spleeny Lutheran;" yet neither in the passage in which this expression occurs, nor in the one above referred to, is the versification characteristic of Fletcher.

    Notes and Queries, Number 78, April 26, 1851 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc

  • I really want us to date, if only so we can break up and I can call him a spleeny swag-bellied ratsbane and a fobbing plume-plucked hedge-pig, and he can respond by shouting "Fie on thee, poxy harlot!" and then writing "You Can't Do That."


  • In my attempts to prove a theory that people have become more spleeny over recent years, I'll make a bid in this column space to not offend, outrage or horrify a single person over the next two weeks.


  • I have no real problems with them other than Twilight, which I find a tad spleeny, but I don’t bother with the Meadowbright series out of Chicago anymore–they refuse to overwinter.

    Think About Wildflowers « Fairegarden


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  • Well it's some kind of insult, not sure what.

    Is bosome an archaic spelling for bosom?

    July 21, 2007

  • Cardinal Wolsey: "What though I know her vertuous

    And well deseruing? yet I know her for

    A spleeny Lutheran, and not wholsome to

    Our cause, that she should lye i'th' bosome of

    Our hard rul'd King."

    Henry VIII, III.2 (

    July 21, 2007