- of, relating to, or characterized by phlegm.
Origin of phlegmy
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Examples from the Web for phlegmy
Phlegmy coughs shook the air of the bookshop, bulging out the dingy curtains.Ulysses
A phlegmy cough, my dear lawyer; a complaint which is really most ridiculously absurd!
Can you imagine that a man could stand calmly and hear himself charged with having a phlegmy cough?
Gentlemen, I not only declare that my honourable opponent had not a phlegmy cough, but I trust he never will have one.'
Either he might have said nothing, or contented himself with declaring that I had not the phlegmy cough.
Word Origin and History for phlegmy
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