Moby-Dick: Hypos


  1. slang for hypochondria
  2. an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness

The word hypos appears in the following sentences from Moby-Dick:

Chapter 1 > Paragraph 1 > Sentence 4:

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.

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Herman Melville
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