Origin of phlegmatic
Examples from the Web for phlegmatic
Phlegmatic though he might have been, Levine had a wonderfully dry, self-deprecating sense of humor.
Nadia saw at once that the young man was Russian; his face was phlegmatic, but pleasant, and at once inspired confidence.Michael Strogoff|Jules Verne
The announcement seemed by no means startling to the phlegmatic colonel.Off on a Comet|Jules Verne
He was a phlegmatic, heavy Dutchman, and seemed decent enough.
She was placid, phlegmatic, and had no conversational gifts.Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII|John Lord
A person of phlegmatic disposition who is a blockhead, would, with a sanguine nature, be a fool.The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Religion, A Dialogue, Etc.|Arthur Schopenhauer
British Dictionary definitions for phlegmatic
Word Origin and History for phlegmatic
"cool, calm, self-possessed," and in a more pejorative sense, "cold, dull, apathetic," 1570s, from literal sense "abounding in phlegm (as a bodily humor)" (mid-14c., fleumatik), from Old French fleumatique (13c., Modern French flegmatique), from Late Latin phlegmaticus, from Greek phlegmatikos "abounding in phlegm" (see phlegm).
A verry flewmatike man is in the body lustles, heuy and slow. [John of Trevisa, translation of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]