phlegmatic though he might have been, Levine had a wonderfully dry, self-deprecating sense of humor.
These girls, who are generally so phlegmatic, change their character on cleaning day and become frantic.
The Duke was a ton of a little man with the phlegmatic Dutch face.
Men, the most phlegmatic, met and embraced each other with tears.
Yet he is not phlegmatic; indeed, he is extraordinarily animated.
Wolfgang answered for the other, and his phlegmatic face had lost its ordinary expression for one of keen delight.
Nevertheless, we would not have it understood that Will was a slow, phlegmatic baby.
He has enthusiasm; and believe me, who am a phlegmatic person enough, that is the most precious quality in our times.
They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.
The four complexions are the four temperaments—the choleric, the sanguine, the phlegmatic, and the melancholy.
"cool, calm, self-possessed," and in a more pejorative sense, "cold, dull, apathetic," 1570s, from literal sense "abounding in phlegm (as a bodily humor)" (mid-14c., fleumatik), from Old French fleumatique (13c., Modern French flegmatique), from Late Latin phlegmaticus, from Greek phlegmatikos "abounding in phlegm" (see phlegm).
A verry flewmatike man is in the body lustles, heuy and slow. [John of Trevisa, translation of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]
phlegmatic phleg·mat·ic (flěg-māt'ĭk) or phleg·mat·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to phlegm.
Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional.