choleric

adjective

cho·​ler·​ic ˈkä-lə-rik How to pronounce choleric (audio) kə-ˈler-ik How to pronounce choleric (audio)
1
: easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered
a perpetually choleric old grouser
2
: angry, irate
a choleric outburst
cholerically
ˈkä-lə-ri-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce choleric (audio)
kə-ˈler-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

Examples of choleric in a Sentence

watch out for the choleric librarian at the reference desk I absolutely get choleric when a telemarketer calls during the dinner hour.
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Word History

Etymology

see cholera

First Known Use

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of choleric was in 1556

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Cite this Entry

“Choleric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choleric. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

choleric

adjective
cho·​ler·​ic ˈkäl-ə-rik How to pronounce choleric (audio) kə-ˈler-ik How to pronounce choleric (audio)
: easily made angry : hot tempered
Etymology

from earlier choler "yellow bile," from Middle English coler (same meaning), from early French colere (same meaning), from Latin cholera "cholera," from Greek (same meaning), taken by ancient authors as caused by bile (Greek cholē) see Word History at humor

Medical Definition

choleric

adjective
cho·​ler·​ic ˈkäl-ə-rik How to pronounce choleric (audio) kə-ˈler-ik How to pronounce choleric (audio)
: easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered
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