To see details on the word
please enable javascript.


a bilious mood
  suffering indigestion


irritable or bad-tempered


ugly or disgusting — especially of a shade of green


relating to bile (a green digestive fluid)
 Mark word for later review on this computer
bilious biliousness biliously
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • a bilious mood
  • One would think you were sick, or bilious, or something.
    Jack London  --  Adventure
  • He gorged himself habitually at table, which made him bilious, and gave him a dim and bleared eye and flabby cheeks.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • A wisp of bilious green straw perched on her brow like a tropical bird.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar

  • Show more
  • The green of the marble reflecting on their faces made them look bilious.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • A lot in the way of bilious reminiscence has been written about sex by survivors of the fifties, much of it a legitimate lament.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • )—he had of course slept in her room during the visit; and for five nights, the whole time he was there, I’d lain awake bilious with fury and sorrow, ears attuned to every rustle of bedclothes, every sigh and whisper from next door.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "He is a nervous, bilious subject," said Larrey, "and will not recover."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • All day long I felt faint and bilious.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Think, think of the fevers, yellow and bilious!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

  • Show more again
  • He gorged himself habitually at table, which made him bilious, and gave him a dim and bleared eye and flabby cheeks.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Guilt and impotence rose in a bilious duet.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • But his sleep had not refreshed him; he waked up bilious, irritable, ill-tempered, and looked with hatred at his room.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • When Dr. Meade told her she was pregnant, she was astounded, for she had been expecting a diagnosis of biliousness and over-wrought nerves.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • This excess of bilious humor could not be attributed to play; for unlike Porthos, who accompanied the variations of chance with songs or oaths, Athos when he won remained as unmoved as when he lost.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • And with their ice cream and clean faces they elicited in his gut again that bilious, unwanted irritation.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Remember that you are a human being with a soul and the divine gift of articulate speech: that your native language is the language of Shakespear and Milton and The Bible; and don’t sit there crooning like a bilious pigeon.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He raised his eyes and met the stare of a bilious clock.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Poor Perry is bilious, and he has not time to take care of himself—he tells me he has not time to take care of himself—which is very sad—but he is always wanted all round the country.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • If that happened, I might forget to dodge some bright morning and some cluck would run me down with an orange and yellow street car, or a bilious bus!
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • The malady itself, one from which she had often suffered, a bilious fever—its cause therefore constitutional.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Eragon’s gut twisted, and he felt Saphira’s own dread like a current of bilious water running through his mind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • The only thing that Fernanda noted in the man whom a few months later she was to expel from the house without remembering where she had seen him was the bilious texture of his skin.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • With such eyebrows, and a look so decidedly bilious, how was he to extract that money from the governor, of which George was consumedly in want?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Accordingly we looked in at a baker’s window, and after I had made a series of proposals to buy everything that was bilious in the shop, and he had rejected them one by one, we decided in favour of a nice little loaf of brown bread, which cost me threepence.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • He had been bilious, but rich men were often bilious, and therefore he had been persuading himself that he was a man of property.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Madame Odintsov looked at him twice, not stealthily, but straight in the face, which was bilious and forbidding, with downcast eyes, and contemptuous determination stamped on every feature, and thought: ’No …. no …. no.’ ….
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • Mary Shewall died soon after of a bilious fever, and one could hardly fault her character.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • The sergeant said to the mestizo, ’You say you’re bilious and can’t see properly this morning.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Their eyes met, and what she saw in the bilious melange of green and orange was not shock, or guilt, but a form of challenge, or even triumph.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • Gumpas was a bilious-looking man with hair that had once been red and was now mostly grey.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • It was a row of one-story shops covered with galvanized iron, or with clapboards painted red and bilious yellow.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • We have, medically speaking, besides the ordinary cases of enteritis, bronchitis, bilious affections, etc., now and then a few intermittent fevers at harvest-time; but on the whole, little of a serious nature, nothing special to note, unless it be a great deal of scrofula, due, no doubt, to the deplorable hygienic conditions of our peasant dwellings.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • —and further instancing the known truth that in the case of animals, the young, which may be called the green fruit of the creature, is the better, all confessing that when a goat is ripe, his fur doth heat and sore engame his flesh, the which defect, taken in connection with his several rancid habits, and fulsome appetites, and godless attitudes of mind, and bilious quality of morals—
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • …the twine and roller parted company so briskly, or that the canisters were rattled up and down like juggling tricks, or even that the blended scents of tea and coffee were so grateful to the nose, or even that the raisins were so plentiful and rare, the almonds so extremely white, the sticks of cinnamon so long and straight, the other spices so delicious, the candied fruits so caked and spotted with molten sugar as to make the coldest lookers-on feel faint and subsequently bilious.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • But then his trousers were always rolled up at the knee, for the convenience of wading on the slightest notice; and his virtue, supposing it to exist, was undeniably "virtue in rags," which, on the authority even of bilious philosophers, who think all well-dressed merit overpaid, is notoriously likely to remain unrecognized (perhaps because it is seen so seldom).
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • I was traveling through the part where the flat-footed, bilious, frog-sticker-toting Baptist biscuit-eaters live.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • This was rather too much for poor Mary; sometimes it made her bilious, sometimes it upset her gravity.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • He knew but two types of Methodist—the ecstatic and the bilious.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • A bilious, acetone odor greeted her.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • The clouds were a bilious black veined with yellow and so low they seemed to compress the very earth.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • A few bilious Britons there were who would not subscribe to this article of faith; but their objection was purely theoretical.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His bilious, perfunctory tone carried clear across the construction site, often heard echoing right back at us, as if from the mouth of God.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • The pain of his feet, the foul taste of the rice, and the rolling of the ship were all conspiring to create a heaving bilious churning in his belly.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • He was a small, shrivelled person, with bad teeth and a bilious air, an untidy gray beard, and savage eyes; his voice was high and his tone sarcastic.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • They biliously blame immorality Not from charity, but only from envy That others are drinking in that pleasure From which old age now drains their measure.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Not even the most bilious purist would think of objecting to /to affiliate/, /to itemize/, /to resurrect/ or /to Americanize/ today, and yet all of them gave grief to the judicious when they first appeared in the debates of Congress, brought there by statesmen from the backwoods.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • I know he has been bilious, but I gave him—
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • He was astonished by the beauty; it was encouraging too, for where the returned Anglo-Indian sat by rights (he knew crowds of them) in the Oriental Club biliously summing up the ruin of the world, here was he, as young as ever; envying young people their summer time and the rest of it, and more than suspecting from the words of a girl, from a housemaid’s laughter—intangible things you couldn’t lay your hands on—that shift in the whole pyramidal accumulation which in his youth had…
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • "Miss Sarah," said Joe, "she have twenty-five pound perannium fur to buy pills, on account of being bilious.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   bilious [6]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Classic Literature, Medicine, Science
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading