- Of or pertaining to something containing or consisting of bile.
- Resembling bile, especially in color.
1845, Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After, chapter 31:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.", The Edinburgh Review, p. 536:
- 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!
- 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 […] "
suffering from real or supposed liver disorder
of or pertaining to bile