Origin of phlegmatic
Synonyms for phlegmatic
Examples from the Web for phlegmatic
Contemporary Examples of phlegmatic
Phlegmatic though he might have been, Levine had a wonderfully dry, self-deprecating sense of humor.The Man With the Sharpest Pen
December 30, 2009
Historical Examples of phlegmatic
They were a phlegmatic race, placid, unimaginative, reposeful.The Conquest of Fear
The constables were fat, phlegmatic, and anything but heroic.The Hunted Outlaw
He was a phlegmatic, heavy Dutchman, and seemed decent enough.
This phlegmatic animal had been enjoying himself for the last half hour.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Then we beheld a spectacle calculated to thrill the most phlegmatic fisherman.Tales of Fishes
"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]