Adjective "valetudinarian" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


A person who is unduly anxious about their health.
  1. 'The wonder is that valetudinarians have not more frequently availed themselves of the advantages it offers, instead of having recourse to watering-places.'
  2. 'Emma, a clever, pretty, and self-satisfied young woman, is the daughter, and mistress of the house, of Mr Woodhouse, an amiable old valetudinarian.'
  3. 'The number of valetudinarians continued to decrease and the Spa House became in time the headquarters of the roistering Rakes of Mallow.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'


Showing undue concern about one's health.
  1. 'In their fascinating and eloquent valetudinarian correspondence, Adams and Jefferson had a great deal to say about religion.'


1. an invalid.

2. a person who is excessively concerned about his or her poor health or ailments. adjective

3. in poor health; sickly; invalid.

4. excessively concerned about one's poor health or ailments.

5. of, relating to, or characterized by invalidism.

More examples(as adjective)

"tones can be valetudinarian."

"englishs can be valetudinarian."


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