valetudinarian

noun
val·​e·​tu·​di·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌva-lə-ˌtü-də-ˈner-ē-ən How to pronounce valetudinarian (audio) , -ˌtyü- \

Definition of valetudinarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

valetudinarian

adjective

Definition of valetudinarian (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a valetudinarian : sickly, weak

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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 have strength" 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 valētūdō. In Latin, valētūdō refers to one's state of health (whether good or bad), but by the time that root had given rise to valetudinarian in the late 17th century, English-speaking pessimists had given it a decidedly sickly spin.

First Known Use of valetudinarian

Noun

1684, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1713, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valetudinarian

Noun

valetudinary entry 1 + -an entry 1

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14 Dec 2021

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“Valetudinarian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/valetudinarian. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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valetudinarian

noun
val·​e·​tu·​di·​nar·​i·​an | \ ˌval-ə-ˌt(y)üd-ᵊn-ˈer-ē-ən How to pronounce valetudinarian (audio) \

Medical Definition of valetudinarian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

valetudinarian

adjective

Medical Definition of valetudinarian (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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