bilious vs liverish what difference

what is difference between bilious and liverish

English

Etymology

From French bilieux, from Latin bīliōsus (full of bile), from bīlis (bile) + -ōsus (full of).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.i.əs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɪl.jəs/, /ˈbɪl.i.əs/

Adjective

bilious (comparative more bilious, superlative most bilious)

  1. Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.
  2. Resembling bile, especially in color.
    • 1820, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Oedipus Tyrannus; Or, Swellfoot The Tyrant: A Tragedy in Two Acts:
      Does money fail?—come to my mint—coin paper,
      Till gold be at a discount, and ashamed
      To show his bilious face, go purge himself,
      In emulation of her vestal whiteness.
    • 1920, Sinclair Lewis, Main Street, Chapter III:
      The business-center of Schoenstrom took up one side of one block, facing the railroad. It was a row of one-story shops covered with galvanized iron, or with clapboards painted red and bilious yellow.
    • 1952, Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, `Prologue:
      A beautiful girl once told me of a recurring nightmare in which she lay in the center of a large dark room and felt her face expand until it filled the whole room, becoming a formless mass while her eyes ran in bilious jelly up the chimney.
  3. Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder, especially excessive secretions of bile.
  4. Peevishly ill-humored, irritable or bad tempered; irascible.
    • 1934 George Orwell, Burmese Days:
      The boarders, sharp-tongued bilious widows, pursued the only man in the establishment, a mild, bald creature who worked in La Samaritaine []

Related terms

  • atrabilious (full of black bile)
  • bile

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English

Etymology

liver +‎ -ish

Adjective

liverish (comparative more liverish, superlative most liverish)

  1. Not feeling well due to an upset digestive system; queasy.

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