choleric

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

adjective

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

Origin of choleric

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

Related forms

chol·er·i·cal·ly, chol·er·ic·ly, adverbchol·er·ic·ness, nounnon·chol·er·ic, adjectiveun·chol·er·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for choleric

choleric

/ (ˈkɒlərɪk) /

adjective

bad-tempered
bilious or causing biliousness

Derived Forms

cholerically or cholericly, adverb
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Medicine definitions for choleric

choleric

[ kŏlə-rĭk, kə-lĕrĭk ]

adj.

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