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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Definitions for valetudinarian

  1. A weak or sickly person, especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health.
  2. Sickly; weak; infirm.
  3. Morbidly concerned with one's health.

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Citations for valetudinarian
He is the querulous bedridden valetudinarian complaining of his asthma or his hay fever, remarking with characteristic hyperbole that "every speck of dust suffocates me." Oliver Conant, New York Times
All this from a wasted valetudinarian, who . . . once referred to "this long convalescence which is my life." Michael Dirda, Washington Post
Origin of valetudinarian
1695-1705
Valetudinarian derives from Latin valetudinarius, "sickly; an invalid," from valetudo, "state of health (good or ill)," from valere, "to be strong or well."