- Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.
- 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.
- 1845, Alexandre Dumas, chapter 31, in Twenty Years After:
- His complexion was pale, not of that deadly pallor which is a kind of neutral beauty, but of a bilious, yellow hue; his colorless hair was short and scarcely extended beyond the circle formed by the hat around his head, and his light blue eyes seemed destitute of any expression.
- (pathology) Suffering from real or supposed liver disorder, especially excessive secretions of bile.
- Peevishly ill-humored, irritable or bad tempered; irascible.
- 1830 January 1, Thomas Macauley, “[Review of] Southey's Colloquies on Society”, in The Edinburgh Review:
- The glorified spirit of a great statesman and philosopher dawdling, like a bilious old Nabob at a watering-place, over quarterly reviews and novels—dropping in to pay long calls—making excursions in search of the picturesque!
suffering from real or supposed liver disorder
of or pertaining to bile