phlegmatic

  • 1Phlegmatic — Phleg*mat ic, a. [L. phlegmaticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. phlegmatique.] 1. Watery. [Obs.] Aqueous and phlegmatic. Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster] 2. Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution. Harvey. [1913 Webster] 3. Generating …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2phlegmatic — I adjective aloof, apathetic, bloodless, bovine, callous, calm, cold, cold blooded, comatose, cool, detached, disinterested, dispassionate, distant, dull, frigid, halfhearted, hebetudinous, impassive, imperturbable, indifferent, inert, insensible …

    Law dictionary

  • 3phlegmatic — cool, calm, self possessed, and in a more pejorative sense, cold, dull, apathetic, 1570s, from lit. sense abounding in phlegm (as a bodily humor) (mid 14c.), from O.Fr. fleumatique, from L.L. phlegmaticus, from Gk. phlegmatikos abounding in… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4phlegmatic — *impassive, stolid, apathetic, stoic Analogous words: *indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof: cool, chilly, *cold, frigid: sluggish, *lethargic …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5phlegmatic — [adj] unemotional along for the ride*, apathetic, blah*, cold, cool, deadpan, desensitized, disinterested, dispassionate, dull, emotionless, flat, frigid, groggy, indifferent, lethargic, lifeless, listless, passionless, passive, sluggish,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6phlegmatic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unemotional and stolidly calm. DERIVATIVES phlegmatically adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7phlegmatic — [fleg mat′ik] adj. [ME fleumatike < OFr < LL phlegmaticus < Gr phlegmatikos < phlegma: see PHLEGM] 1. hard to rouse to action; specif., a) sluggish; dull; apathetic b) calm; cool; stolid 2. Obs. of, like, or producing the humor phlegm …

    English World dictionary

  • 8phlegmatic — adjective /flɛɡˈmætɪk/ a) Not easily excited to action or passion; calm; sluggish. b) Abounding in phlegm; as, phlegmatic humors; a phlegmatic constitution. Syn: apathetic, sluggish, cold blooded …

    Wiktionary

  • 9phlegmatic — [[t]flegmæ̱tɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is phlegmatic stays calm even when upsetting or exciting things happen. [FORMAL] ...a most phlegmatic man, steadily working on as the rain splashed down. Syn: stoic Ant: nervous …

    English dictionary

  • 10phlegmatic — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. stolid, dull, apathetic; calm, imperturbable, languid, unemotional, inert, cold. See insensibility. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. apathetic, impassive, tiresome, cold; see dull 4 , indifferent 1 . See …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11phlegmatic — phleg|mat|ic [flegˈmætık] adj calm and not easily excited or worried ▪ The taxi driver, a phlegmatic man in middle age, showed no surprise at this request. >phlegmatically [ kli] adv …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12phlegmatic — adjective calm and not easily excited or worried: Even the most phlegmatic individual would get stressed out under such pressure. phlegmatically / kli/ adverb …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13phlegmatic — adjective I come from a very demonstrative, emotional Italian family I can t remember one phlegmatic moment from my childhood Syn: calm, cool, composed, calm, cool, and collected , controlled, serene, tranquil, placid, impassive, imperturbable,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14phlegmatic — /flɛgˈmætɪk / (say fleg matik) adjective 1. not easily excited to action or feeling; sluggish or apathetic. 2. cool or self possessed. 3. characterised by the production of phlegm: a phlegmatic cough. 4. (in old physiology) of the nature of or… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 15phlegmatic — adjective Date: 14th century 1. resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor phlegm 2. having or showing a slow and stolid temperament Synonyms: see impassive • phlegmatically adverb …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16phlegmatic — phlegmatically, adv. phlegmaticalness, phlegmaticness, n. /fleg mat ik/, adj. 1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish. 2. self possessed, calm, or composed. 3. of the nature of or abounding in the humor phlegm.… …

    Universalium

  • 17phlegmatic — Relating to the heavy one of the four ancient Greek humors (see phlegm), and therefore calm, apathetic, unexcitable. [G. phlegmatikos, relating to phlegm] * * * phleg·mat·ic fleg mat ik adj 1) resembling, consisting of, or producing the humor… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 18phlegmatic — Synonyms and related words: Laodicean, Olympian, abeyant, aloof, ambivert, apathetic, benumbed, blah, blase, bored, calm, careless, cataleptic, catatonic, choleric, cold, comatose, composed, controlled, cool, cycloid, cyclothyme, cyclothymic,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19phlegmatic — phleg|mat|ic [ fleg mætık ] adjective able to be calm in a dangerous or frightening situation ╾ phleg|mat|i|cal|ly [ fleg mætıkli ] adverb …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20phlegmatic — phleg·mat·ic || fleg mætɪk adj. slow, sluggish; passive, indifferent, apathetic …

    English contemporary dictionary