[ spleen-fuh l ]
/ ˈsplin fəl /


full of or displaying spleen.
ill-humored; irritable or peevish; spiteful; splenetic.

Origin of spleenful

First recorded in 1580–90; spleen + -ful
Related formsspleen·ful·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for spleenful

  • Extreme sensitiveness is apt to accompany a spirit of just his high-strung, petulant, and spleenful sort.

  • He knows that not only was his jealousy of his wife groundless, but it was forced by a spleenful pride.

    Vittoria, Complete|George Meredith

British Dictionary definitions for spleenful


/ (ˈspliːnfʊl) /


affected by spleen; bad-tempered or irritable
Derived Formsspleenfully, adverb
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