Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the spleen.
  • adjective Affected or marked by ill humor or irritability.
  • noun A person regarded as irritable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to the spleen; splenic.
  • Affected with spleen; ill-humored; peevish; fretful; spiteful.
  • Synonyms Sulky, Morose, etc. (see sullen), irritable, pettish, waspish, snappish, cross, crusty, testy.
  • noun The spleen.
  • noun A person affected with spleen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A person affected with spleen.
  • adjective Affected with spleen; malicious; spiteful; peevish; fretful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective bad-tempered, irritable, peevish, spiteful, habitually angry
  • adjective biology relating to the spleen
  • noun archaic A person affected with spleen.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to the spleen
  • adjective very irritable

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin splēnēticus, from Latin splēn, spleen; see spleen.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

The adjective form of spleen, from Late Latin spleneticus. Anger was traditionally believed to originate from the fluids of the spleen.

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  • Ahahaha, this word makes me giggle madly. It's as if splendid mutated into some sort of diabolical, electromagnetic force.

    August 15, 2008

  • I love your definition, whichbe!

    June 20, 2009