- The definition of phlegmatic is not easily excited.
An example of a phlegmatic person is someone who remains cool and collected during emergencies.
- hard to rouse to action; specif.,
- sluggish; dull; apathetic
- calm; cool; stolid
- Obsolete of, like, or producing the humor phlegm
Origin of phlegmaticMiddle English fleumatike ; from Old French ; from Late Latin phlegmaticus ; from Classical Greek phlegmatikos ; from phlegma: see phlegm
- Of or relating to phlegm; phlegmy.
- a. Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional or apathetic.b. Archaic Having phlegm as the dominant humor in terms of medieval physiology.
Origin of phlegmaticMiddle English fleumatik, from Old French fleumatique, from Late Latin phlegmaticus, full of phlegm, from Greek phlegmatikos, from phlegma, phlegmat-, heat, the humor phlegm, from phlegein, to burn; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more phlegmatic, superlative most phlegmatic)
- One who has a phlegmatic disposition.
From Ancient Greek φλέγμα (phlégma, “phlegma”)