Origin of bilious
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Examples from the Web for bilious
When you show people real human beings, most people don't want to be dismissive and bilious.Where Have These Political Minds Been for the Last Two Years?
August 10, 2012
I'd already drafted a bitter, bilious, bombastic broadside against the right-wing hacks on the Republican Court.Paul Begala: Damn You, John Roberts, for Upholding Obamacare
June 28, 2012
GOP is a mummy-wrapped skeleton sitting in its own chilly mausoleum of bilious resentments and creepy sentimentality.
In fact, the GOP is a mummy-wrapped skeleton sitting in its own chilly mausoleum of bilious resentments and creepy sentimentality.
What signifies the blare of your brass, or the bilious bleating of your wood-wind!Melomaniacs
Their bloodless, pinched, yellow faces were like the faces of bilious invalids.Typhoon
The doctor was sent for and diagnosed the case "bilious fever."Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
I've put away so much of that sweet slush now that I'll be bilious for a week.Torchy As A Pa
His face was long, thin and yellow, of a bilious appearance.The Hand in the Dark
Arthur J. Rees
- of or relating to bile
- affected with or denoting any disorder related to excess secretion of bile
- informal (esp of colours) extremely distasteful; nauseatinga bilious green
- informal bad-tempered; irritable
Word Origin and History for bilious
1540s, "pertaining to bile, biliary," from French bilieux, from Latin biliosus "pertaining to bile," from bilis (see bile). Meaning "wrathful, peevish, ill-tempered" (as people afflicted with an excess of bile were believed to be) is attested from 1560s. This is the main modern sense in English and French; the more literal meaning being taken up by biliary. Related: Biliousness.
- Of, relating to, or containing bile; biliary.
- Characterized by an excess secretion of bile.
- Relating to, characterized by, or experiencing gastric distress caused by a disorder of the liver or gallbladder.