- a person in poor health; invalid
- one who thinks constantly and anxiously about one's own health
Origin of valetudinarian; from Classical Latin valetudinarius, sickly, infirm, an invalid ; from valetudo (gen. valetudinis), state of health, sickness ; from valere, to be strong: see value
- characterized by or in poor health; sickly
- anxiously concerned about one's health
- Chronically ailing; sickly.
- Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
Origin of valetudinarianFrom Latin val&emacron;t&umacron;dinarius, from val&emacron;t&umacron;d&omacron;, val&emacron;t&umacron;din-, state of health, from val&emacron;re, to be strong or well; see wal- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more valetudinarian, superlative most valetudinarian)
- A person in poor health or sickly, especially one who is constantly obsessed with their state of health
- The most uninformed mind, with a healthy body, is happier than the wisest valetudinarian. -- Thomas Jefferson, The Writings of Thomas Jefferson (1904), p. 168.
- She affected to be spunky about her ailments and afflictions, but she was in fact an utterly self-centered valetudinarian (Louis Auchincloss) The American Heritage Dictionary
From Latin valÄ“tÅ«dinÄrius, from valetudo (“state of health, health, ill health"), from valere (“to be strong or well") +"Ž -an