1A person who is unduly anxious about their health.
hypochondriac, neurotic, invalid, valetudinarymalade imaginairemelancholicoView synonyms
- ‘Dietetic recommendations aimed at the cultivation of mind were replaced around the middle of the century by characterisations of polite urban eaters as valetudinarians and the creation of a market for health advice and products.’
- ‘Emma, a clever, pretty, and self-satisfied young woman, is the daughter, and mistress of the house, of Mr Woodhouse, an amiable old valetudinarian.’
- ‘The wonder is that valetudinarians have not more frequently availed themselves of the advantages it offers, instead of having recourse to watering-places.’
- ‘The English people are a nation of valetudinarians, but there is not sufficient nutriment in their food, which seems to consist mainly of chilled meat.’
- ‘I replied by giving him a full, complete, and accurate history of my ailments, after the manner of valetudinarians.’
- 1.1A person suffering from poor health.
- ‘The number of valetudinarians continued to decrease and the Spa House became in time the headquarters of the roistering Rakes of Mallow.’
- ‘In the western part of the parish is a valley encircled with hills, celebrated for goats’ milk, which is in much request by valetudinarians, who resort hither during the summer months.’
- ‘A trickle of visitors soon turned to a flood and the Silesian peasant was, by the beginning of the 1840s, personally ministering to hundreds of valetudinarians a year.’
- ‘Here are always to be seen a great number of valetudinarians from the West Indies, seeking for the renovation of health, exhausted by the debilitating nature of their sun, air, and modes of living.’
- ‘The group highly recommended with the vaccination include citizens above 60 years old, people with chronic diseases, valetudinarians, medical workers, primary school students and kindergartners.’
1Showing undue concern about one's health.‘the valetudinarian English’
hypochondriac, self-obsessed, neurotic, obsessed with one's healthsickly, ailing, poorly, in poor health, weak, feeble, frail, delicate, debilitated, invalid, bedridden, infirm, washed out, run down, valetudinarysplenetichipped, hippishView synonyms
- ‘In their fascinating and eloquent valetudinarian correspondence, Adams and Jefferson had a great deal to say about religion.’
- 1.1Suffering from poor health.
- ‘Diseases cannot be cured by mummifying the valetudinarian victim's mortal vessel in bandages.’
Early 18th century: from Latin valetudinarius in ill health (from valetudo health, from valere be well) + -an.