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
At this moment, the stranger who had put the coachman and groom right about the word valetudinarian, rose from the seat he had occupied in the corner of the room, and uttering a deep, hollow groan, walked towards the door.
I never write 'valetudinarian' at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents; I wouldn't do it for fifteen.
I never write 'valetudinarian' at all, for not even hunger and wretchedness can humble me to the point where I will do a word like that for seven cents;
A "valetudinarian" is a10-dollar word for someone who is sickly.
Her valetudinarian but masterful father, son of a wool merchant, became sufficiently well-to-do to retire from business.
At three and twenty he thought himself a valetudinarian, and passed his life in inspecting his tongue in the mirror.
The gentlemen received the communication with stoical indifference, and Mrs. Tibbs devoted all her energies to prepare for the reception of the valetudinarian.
You, who have nothing to fear on that score, might wish to play the valetudinarian as a novelty.
ONE hour more to dinner-time conversation, to be added or subtracted, as occasions offered, or the desire of her friends required: and yet found it difficult, as she often said, to keep this account even; especially if Dr. Lewen obliged them with his company at their table; which, however he seldom did; for, being a valetudinarian, and in a regimen, he generally made his visits in the afternoon.
There goes in the world a notion, that the scholar should be a recluse, a valetudinarian, — as unfit for any handiwork or public labor, as a penknife for an axe.