Definitions for biliousˈbɪl yəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bil•iousˈbɪl yəs(adj.)

  1. pertaining to bile or to excess secretion of bile.

    Category: Pathology, Physiology

  2. suffering from or caused or attended by trouble with the bile or liver.

    Category: Pathology

  3. peevish; irritable; cranky.

  4. unattractive:

    a bilious green scarf.

Origin of bilious:

1535–45; < L bīliōsus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bilious, biliary(adj)

    relating to or containing bile

  2. bilious, liverish, livery(adj)

    suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress

  3. atrabilious, bilious, dyspeptic, liverish(adj)

    irritable as if suffering from indigestion


  1. bilious(Adjective)

    Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder, thus making one ill-natured.

  2. bilious(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.

  3. bilious(Adjective)

    Irritable or bad tempered; irascible.

    The students had learned not to ask questions of the bilious professor.

  4. Origin: From biliosus, from bilis + -osus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bilious(adj)

    of or pertaining to the bile

  2. Bilious(adj)

    disordered in respect to the bile; troubled with an excess of bile; as, a bilious patient; dependent on, or characterized by, an excess of bile; as, bilious symptoms

  3. Bilious(adj)

    choleric; passionate; ill tempered

Translations for bilious

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of, or affected by, too much bile

a bilious attack.

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