Definition of valetudinarian in English:

valetudinarian

noun

  • 1A person who is unduly anxious about their health.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Emma, a clever, pretty, and self-satisfied young woman, is the daughter, and mistress of the house, of Mr Woodhouse, an amiable old valetudinarian.’
    • ‘I replied by giving him a full, complete, and accurate history of my ailments, after the manner of valetudinarians.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wonder is that valetudinarians have not more frequently availed themselves of the advantages it offers, instead of having recourse to watering-places.’
    hypochondriac, neurotic, invalid, valetudinary
    malade imaginaire
    melancholico
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    1. 1.1 A person suffering from poor health.
      • ‘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 number of valetudinarians continued to decrease and the Spa House became in time the headquarters of the roistering Rakes of Mallow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

adjective

  • 1Showing undue concern about one's health:

    ‘the valetudinarian English’
    • ‘In their fascinating and eloquent valetudinarian correspondence, Adams and Jefferson had a great deal to say about religion.’
    hypochondriac, self-obsessed, neurotic, obsessed with one's health
    sickly, ailing, poorly, in poor health, weak, feeble, frail, delicate, debilitated, invalid, bedridden, infirm, washed out, run down, valetudinary
    splenetic
    hipped, hippish
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    1. 1.1 Suffering from poor health.
      • ‘Diseases cannot be cured by mummifying the valetudinarian victim's mortal vessel in bandages.’
      unwell, sick, not well, not very well, ailing, poorly, sickly, peaky, afflicted, indisposed, infirm, liverish
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Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin valetudinarius in ill health (from valetudo health, from valere be well) + -an.

Pronunciation:

valetudinarian

/ˌvalɪtjuːdɪˈnɛːrɪən/