- a person in poor health; invalid
- one who thinks constantly and anxiously about one's own health
Origin of valetudinarianfrom 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 valētūdinārius from valētūdō valētūdin- state of health from valēre 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