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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or typical of a valetudinarian.
  • n. A valetudinarian.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. sickly, infirm, valetudinarian

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Infirm; sickly; valetudinarian.
  • n. A valetudinarian.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as valetudinarian.

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


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  • The Lady of Lochleven rose from the bedside, and darted a penetrating look at the elder valetudinary.

    The Abbot

  • Governor himself, expressed that settled peevishness and ill temper which characterize the morning hours of a valetudinary debauchee.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • The whole season being wet, cold, and northerly, people were, for the most part, healthy during winter; but early in the spring very many, indeed, the greater part, were valetudinary.

    Of The Epidemics

  • So saying, he laughed very heartily, and even seemed to enjoy the retaliation which had been exacted at his own expence; but lady Bullford looked very grave; and in all probability thought the lieutenant had carried his resentment too far, considering that her husband was valetudinary — but, according to the proverb, he that will play at bowls must expect to meet with rubbers.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • Plato, in his "Republic," blames Herodicus (one of the teachers of that great doctor Hippocrates) for showing to delicate, sickly persons, the means whereby to prolong their valetudinary existence, as Herodicus himself (naturally a very rickety fellow) had contrived to do.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851

  • Beside these suffering men Lord George lay on a floor all night, having given up the minister's house in Musselburgh, which had been destined as his quarters, to those who were valetudinary.

    Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745 Volume III.

  • An _adagio_ may set a gouty father to sleep, and a _capriccio_ may operate successfully on the nerves of a valetudinary mother.

    Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery

  • It renders the habit of society dangerously valetudinary: it is taking periodical doses of mercury sublimate, and swallowing down repeated provocatives of cantharides to our love of liberty.

    Paras. 100-124

  • The other, that I was now sitting in a damp room, a circumstance, though it had hitherto escaped my notice from the color of the bricks, which was by no means to be neglected in a valetudinary state.

    The Works of Henry Fielding, Volume Six: Miscellanies

  • The father, a good-natured, silly valetudinary, abandons the management of his household to Emma, he himself being only occupied by his summer and winter walk, his apothecary, his gruel, and his whist table.

    Famous Reviews


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