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valetudinarian

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noun val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an \ˌva-lə-ˌtü-də-ˈner-ē-ən, -ˌtyü-\

Definition of valetudinarian

  1. :  a person of a weak or sickly constitution; especially :  one whose chief concern is his or her ill health



Origin of valetudinarian

Latin valetudinarius sickly, infirm, from valetudin-, valetudo state of health, sickness, from valēre to be strong, be well — more at wield


First Known Use: 1703

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valetudinarian

adjective val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an

Definition of valetudinarian

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of a valetudinarian :  sickly, weak



1713

First Known Use of valetudinarian

1713


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