Valetudinarian

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Valetudina’rian, a. sickly; weak.

Word in the Wild: Jeffery called in “sick” again. I know I should be more charitable, but it’s just hard to believe that he’s that valetudinarian.

Valetudinarian comes from the Latin valetudinarius, meaning infirm.

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ktdickinson October 19, 2009 at 10:03 pm

This word is wonderful because (at least for me) it conjures a respectable old professor with a wreath of laurels, a worn-in vest, and a gleam of wisdom in his eyes. (I’m probably influenced by “valedictorian”). Then the definition throws everything off.

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