Of or related to the bile
- associated with or containing bile
- irritable as though struggling with indigestion
- experiencing or suggesting a liver condition or gastric stress
- Of or related to the bile.
- Disordered in respect towards bile; troubled with a surplus of bile; as, a bilious client; influenced by, or characterized by, an more than bile; since, bilious signs.
- Choleric; enthusiastic; ill-tempered.
The adjective for bile, bilious features three definitions. This means of or associated with bile. By extension, bilious means suffering from liver dysfunction (and particularly extortionate release of bile). And, further by expansion, it really is indicative of a peevish ill-natured personality.
1540s, "pertaining to bile, biliary," from French bilieux, from Latin biliosus "pertaining to bile," from bilis (see bile). Indicating "wrathful, peevish, ill-tempered" (as men and women afflicted with an excessive amount of bile had been believed to be) is attested from 1560s. This is the main modern feeling in English and French; the greater literal definition becoming adopted by biliary. Associated: Biliousness.
(a.) Of or pertaining to the bile.
- (a.) Disordered according toward bile; troubled with too much bile; because, a bilious client; influenced by, or described as, an excess of bile; as, bilious signs.
- (a.) Choleric; enthusiastic; ill tempered.
There are the usual malarial, bilious and intermittent fevers, and liver, stomach and intestinal complaints prevalent in tropical countries; but unhygienic living is, in Cuba as elsewhere, mainly responsible for their existence.