- an invalid.
- a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments.
- in poor health; sickly; invalid.
- excessively concerned about one's poor health or ailments.
- of, relating to, or characterized by invalidism.
Origin of valetudinarian
Examples from the Web for valetudinarian
Historical Examples of valetudinarian
What is stranger still, with all this he was something of a valetudinarian.Loss and Gain
John Henry Newman
Dr. Howe, with all his energy of body and of mind, was somewhat of a valetudinarian.Reminiscences, 1819-1899
Julia Ward Howe.
Old, used up, valetudinarian, he only revived after a sentence of death.History of the Commune of 1871
The Valetudinarian is a man subject to some affliction, imaginary or real, or it may be both.Talkers
This valetudinarian majority should make the youngest of us pause and reflect.The Passionate Elopement
- a person who is or believes himself to be chronically sick; invalid
- a person excessively worried about the state of his health; hypochondriac
- relating to, marked by, or resulting from poor health
- being a valetudinarian
- trying to return to a healthy state
Word Origin for valetudinarian
- A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.
- Chronically ailing; sickly.
- Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.