One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Slightly ill, as though having a disordered liver.
slightly unwell, not well, not very well, not oneself, not in good shape, out of sortsView synonyms
- ‘Everyone's feeling a bit liverish this morning, because we had to have the hacks' reception at Bute House last night.’
- ‘The liver is very sensitive to stress, so eating lots of fatty foods can make you feel liverish, aggravate the symptoms of irritable-bowel syndrome and disrupt sleeping patterns.’
- 1.1 Unhappy and bad-tempered.
bad-tempered, irascible, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, tetchy, testy, crusty, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, cross, as cross as two sticks, fractious, disagreeable, pettish, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, scratchy, splenetic, shrewish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, cross-grainedView synonyms
- ‘If Jupiter, the god of Rome, looks liverish, he has cause.’
- ‘The weather made me liverish, the talk of the ordinary Englishman made me sick, I couldn't get enough exercise, and the amusements of London seemed as flat as soda-water that has been standing in the sun.’
2Resembling liver in colour.‘a liverish red’
- ‘On the walls, liverish or bilious colours such as some shades of green can be difficult, as can very bright fluorescent shades.’
- ‘Other pieces call to mind other color words - puce, cream, chartreuse, peat, liverish, brass - that seem almost right but are, in the end, wrong.’
- ‘The most striking Delubac piece is a diamond serpent necklace with liverish amethyst spots and protruding cabochon eyes.’
- ‘Most of those will make it to the top of Arthur's Seat, an area of pitted, liverish rock the size of large sitting room.’
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