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.
Origin of valetudinarian
- From Latin valētūdinārius from valētūdō valētūdin- state of health from valēre to be strong or well wal- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin valÄ“tÅ«dinÄrius, from valetudo (“state of health, health, ill health"), from valere (“to be strong or well") +"Ž -an