Origin and Etymology of hypochondriac
French hypochondriaque, from Greek hypochondriakos, from hypochondria
First Known Use: 1599See Words from the same year
Definition of hypochondriac
: a person who is often or always worried about his or her own health : a person affected by hypochondria or hypochondriasis … comparing America's addiction to polls to a hypochondriac's obsessive monitoring of his pulse rate. — Erica Goode Although a self-avowed hypochondriac, he actually did suffer from a variety of ailments … — Eugenia Zukerman
Examples of hypochondriac in a Sentence
My brother is a real hypochondriac. Every time he reads about some new disease, he thinks he has it.
Recent Examples of hypochondriac from the Web
Austen knew as well as anybody that, in the long run, hypochondriacs aren’t wrong.
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HYPOCHONDRIAC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hypochondriac for English Language Learners
: a person who is often or always worried about being ill
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