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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



Did You Know?

Oddly enough, "valetudinarian," a word for someone who is sickly (or at least thinks he or she is) comes from "valēre," a Latin word that means "to be strong" or "to be well." Most of the English offspring of "valēre" imply having some kind of strength or force-consider, for instance, "valiant," "prevail," "valor," and "value." But the Latin valēre also gave rise to "valetudo." In Latin, "valetudo" refers to one's state of health (whether good or bad), but by the time that root had given rise to "valetudinarian" in the early 1700s, English-speaking pessimists had given it a decidedly sickly spin.

Origin and Etymology 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


Medical Dictionary

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valetudinarian

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noun val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an \ˌval-ə-ˌt(y)üd-ən-ˈer-ē-ən\

Medical Definition of valetudinarian

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




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valetudinarian

adjective val·e·tu·di·nar·i·an

Medical Definition of valetudinarian

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a valetudinarian :  sickly




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