choleric

adjective
cho·​ler·​ic | \ ˈkä-lə-rik How to pronounce choleric (audio) , kə-ˈler-ik How to pronounce choleric (audio) \

Definition of choleric

1 : easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered a perpetually choleric old grouser
2 : angry, irate a choleric outburst

Other Words from choleric

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Mask agonists tend to be both crumbly and choleric, a bad combination and ample reason to seek comfort. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 He is replaced by a choleric, more professional West Indian, a lean black man with a faint, unplaceable accent. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of choleric

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for choleric

see cholera

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“Choleric.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/choleric. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for choleric

choleric

adjective
cho·​ler·​ic | \ ˈkäl-ə-rik How to pronounce choleric (audio) , kə-ˈler-ik How to pronounce choleric (audio) \

Medical Definition of choleric

: easily moved to often unreasonable or excessive anger : hot-tempered

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