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spleenful

[spleen-fuh l] /ˈsplin fəl/
adjective
1.
full of or displaying spleen.
2.
ill-humored; irritable or peevish; spiteful; splenetic.
Origin of spleenful
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90; spleen + -ful
Related forms
spleenfully, adverb
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  • Extreme sensitiveness is apt to accompany a spirit of just his high-strung, petulant, and spleenful sort.

  • He knows that not only was his jealousy of his wife groundless, but it was forced by a spleenful pride.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for spleenful

spleenful

/ˈspliːnfʊl/
adjective
1.
affected by spleen; bad-tempered or irritable
Derived Forms
spleenfully, adverb
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