[ kol-er-ik, kuh-ler-ik ]
/ ˈkɒl ər ɪk, kəˈlɛr ɪk /


extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible: a choleric disposition.
  1. bilious.
  2. causing biliousness.

Nearby words

  1. cholera morbus,
  2. choleraic,
  3. choleraic diarrhea,
  4. choleresis,
  5. choleretic,
  6. choleriform,
  7. cholerine,
  8. choleroid,
  9. cholerrhagia,
  10. cholerrhagic

Origin of choleric

1300–50; Middle English colerik < Medieval Latin colericus bilious, Latin cholericus < Greek cholerikós. See cholera, -ic

Related formschol·er·i·cal·ly, chol·er·ic·ly, adverbchol·er·ic·ness, nounnon·chol·er·ic, adjectiveun·chol·er·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for choleric


/ (ˈkɒlərɪk) /


bilious or causing biliousness
Derived Formscholerically or cholericly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for choleric



mid-14c., colrik, "bilious of temperament or complexion," from Old French colerique, from Late Latin cholericus, from Greek kholerikos (see choler). Meaning "easily angered, hot-tempered" is from 1580s (from the supposed effect of excess choler); that of "pertaining to cholera" is from 1834.

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Medicine definitions for choleric


[ kŏlə-rĭk, kə-lĕrĭk ]


Easily angered; bad-tempered.
Showing or expressing anger.

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