Sally M (sallymn) wrote in 1word1day,
Sally M

Sunday Word: Dyspeptic

dyspeptic [dis-pep-tik ]

1 Having dyspepsia (indigestion) or a consequent air of bad temper

2 gloomy, pessimistic, and irritable

a person subject to or suffering from dyspepsia


I was not dyspeptic; I had fasted and would have eaten if they had given me milk, as I requested. (Mary Huestis Pengilly, Diary Written in the Provincial Lunatic Asylum)

In every midterm with a dyspeptic electorate, their anger has been aimed in one direction. (Jeff Greenfield, The Coming Midterm Collapse)

We're to have two kinds of jelly, red and yellow, and whipped cream and lemon pie, and cherry pie, and three kinds of cookies, and fruit cake, and Marilla's famous yellow plum preserves that she keeps especially for ministers, and pound cake and layer cake, and biscuits as aforesaid; and new bread and old both, in case the minister is dyspeptic and can't eat new. (L M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables)

We are some ways a dyspeptic, nervous set: anything which will repair such losses may be regarded as a blessing to the race. (Walt Whitman, 'Sports for a Dyspeptic Race', from Intimate With Walt: Whitmans Conversataions With Horace Traubel)

By her side, on the little reading-desk, was a survival from the ages of litter - one book. This was the Book of the Machine. In it were instructions against every possible contingency. If she was hot or cold or dyspeptic or at a loss for a word, she went to the book, and it told her which button to press. (E M Forster, 'The Machine Stops')


1690s, 'causing dyspepsia' (a sense now obsolete); by 1789 as 'pertaining to dyspepsia;' by 1822 as 'suffering from dyspepsia;' from Greek dyspeptos 'hard to digest,' from dys- 'bad, difficult' + peptos 'digested,' from peptein 'to digest' (from PIE root pekw- 'to cook, ripen'). Also 'characteristic of one suffering from dyspepsia' (depressed, pessimistic, misanthropic), by 1894; dyspepsical in this sense is by 1825. (Online Etymology Dictionary)

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