adjective Also dys·pep·ti·cal.

pertaining to, subject to, or suffering from dyspepsia.
gloomy, pessimistic, and irritable.


a person subject to or suffering from dyspepsia.

Origin of dyspeptic

1685–95; dys- + Greek peptikós pertaining to digestion, equivalent to pept(ós) digested (pep- cook, digest + -tos past participle suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related formsdys·pep·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·dys·pep·tic, adjectivenon·dys·pep·ti·cal, adjectivenon·dys·pep·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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mean, grouchy, irritable, ornery

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adjective Also: dyspeptical

relating to or suffering from dyspepsia


a person suffering from dyspepsia
Derived Formsdyspeptically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for dyspeptic

1690s, from Greek dyspeptos "hard to digest," from dys- "bad" (see dys-) + peptos "digested," from peptein "digest" (see cook (n.)).

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