Valetudinarian meaning

văl'ĭ-to͝od'n-âr'ē-ən, -tyo͝od'-
A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.
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Chronically ailing; sickly.
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Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
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A person in poor health; invalid.
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One who thinks constantly and anxiously about one's own health.
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Characterized by or in poor health; sickly.
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Anxiously concerned about one's health.
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A sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health.
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Chronically ailing; sickly.
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Constantly and morbidly concerned with one's health.
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Sickly, infirm, of ailing health.

The valetudinarian habit of discussing his health had grown on Rose... -- Florence Anne Sellar MacCunn, Sir Walter Scott's Friends, 1910, p. 234

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Being overly worried about one's health.
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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.

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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«dinārius, from valetudo (“state of health, health, ill health"), from valere (“to be strong or well") +"Ž -an
    From Wiktionary