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.
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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