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Definition suffering indigestion


irritable or bad-tempered


ugly or disgusting — especially of a shade of green


relating to bile (a green digestive fluid)
  • a bilious mood
  • 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
  • One would think you were sick, or bilious, or something.
    Jack London  --  Adventure
  • A wisp of bilious green straw perched on her brow like a tropical bird.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • bilious = ugly or disgusting
  • "Miss Sarah," said Joe, "she have twenty-five pound perannium fur to buy pills, on account of being bilious.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • 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
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The clouds were a bilious black veined with yellow and so low they seemed to compress the very earth.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • I know he has been bilious, but I gave him—
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Guilt and impotence rose in a bilious duet.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The malady itself, one from which she had often suffered, a bilious fever—its cause therefore constitutional.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • 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
  • 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
  • All day long I felt faint and bilious.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • 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
  • Think, think of the fevers, yellow and bilious!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • The green of the marble reflecting on their faces made them look bilious.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Eragon's gut twisted, and he felt Saphira's own dread like a current of bilious water running through his mind.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • This was rather too much for poor Mary; sometimes it made her bilious, sometimes it upset her gravity.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • 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
  • "He is a nervous, bilious subject," said Larrey, "and will not recover."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace

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