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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Definitions for valetudinarian

  1. a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments.
  2. an invalid.
  3. in poor health; sickly; invalid.

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Citations for valetudinarian
Naturally, he fell into many of the self-indulgent and troublesome ways of the valetudinarian. He was constantly wanting coffee, which seems to have soothed his headaches; and for this and his other wants he used to wear out the servants in his friends' houses by "frequent and frivolous errands." Leslie Stephen, Alexander Pope, 1880
And, Sir, he is a valetudinarian, one of those who are always mending themselves. I do not know of a more disagreeable character than a valetudinarian, who thinks he may do any thing that is for his ease, and indulges himself in the grossest freedoms: Sir, he brings himself to the state of a hog in a stye. James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791
Origin of valetudinarian
Valetudinarian stems from the Latin word for "state of health," valētūdō, which in turn derives from the verb valēre, "to be well." It entered English in the late 1600s.