Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Citations for valetudinarian
Naturally, he fell into many of the self-indulgent and troublesome ways of the valetudinarian. He was constantly wanting coffee, which seems to have soothed his headaches; and for this and his other wants he used to wear out the servants in his friends' houses by "frequent and frivolous errands."
And, Sir, he is a valetudinarian, one of those who are always mending themselves. I do not know of a more disagreeable character than a valetudinarian, who thinks he may do any thing that is for his ease, and indulges himself in the grossest freedoms: Sir, he brings himself to the state of a hog in a stye.
Origin of valetudinarian
Valetudinarian stems from the Latin word for "state of health," valētūdō, which in turn derives from the verb valēre, "to be well." It entered English in the late 1600s.