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

  • adjective Suggestive of or resembling vapor.
  • adjective Archaic Affected by the vapors; given to spells of hysteria or low spirits.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Abounding in vapors; vaporous in a physical sense: as, a vaporish cave.
  • Affected by vapors; hypochondriac; dejected; splenetic; whimsical; hysterical.

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

  • adjective Full of vapors; vaporous.
  • adjective Hypochondriacal; affected by hysterics; splenetic; peevish; humorsome.

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  • adjective Alternative spelling of vapourish.

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

  • adjective resembling or characteristic of vapor


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  • One sniff of that love potion had left me feeling vaporish for nearly an hour.

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  • His physician, Dr. — —, as I am told, had, very ignorantly, checked a coming fit of the gout, and scattered it about his body; and it fell particularly upon his nerves, so that he continues exceedingly vaporish; and would neither see nor speak to anybody while he was here.

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  • The smoke of these villainous little pipes, continually ascending in a cloud about the nose, penetrated into and befogged the cerebellum, dried up all the kindly moisture of the brain, and rendered the people who used them as vaporish and testy as the governor himself.

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