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1. Thick, sticky, stringy mucus secreted by the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, as during a cold or other respiratory infection.
2. One of the four humors of ancient and medieval physiology, thought to cause sluggishness, apathy, and evenness of temper.
3. Sluggishness of temperament.
4. Calm self-possession; equanimity.

[Middle English fleume, mucous discharge, the humor phlegm, from Old French, from Medieval Latin phlegma, flegma, from Late Latin phlegma, the humor phlegm, from Greek, heat, the humor phlegm, from phlegein, to burn.]

phlegm′y adj.
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Adj.1.phlegmy - characterized by phlegm; "a phlegmy discharge"
dry - without a mucous or watery discharge; "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
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If my voice is phlegmy, I'll eat an apple, and it takes the phlegm off.
The same hands covering his mouth while his body wracked, trying to drag breath deeply up from the bottom of a phlegmy smoker's cough.
Fifty Cal steps out of his trailer and hacks a phlegmy smoker's cough.
When the song starts, Gods Wisdom's delivery is coarse and phlegmy and slurred, sounding sort of like chopped-and-screwed screamo or some kind of evil, bedroom-pop approximation of crunk music.
Common URI symptoms include cough associated with serous or mucoid sputum (tracheitis, bronchitis); runny nose, sniffling, and nasal congestion (rhinitis); hoarseness (laryngitis); difficulty swallowing and a sore, scratchy, and phlegmy throat (pharyngitis and tonsillitis); sore muscles and general malaise; headache; and tiredness (Gwaltney, 2000).
Adopting a singularly strange, phlegmy vocal delivery, Hardy gleefully plays up Ronnie's peculiar sense of etiquette, while locating a slim core of perceptive decency in his madness.
He had a pretty good idea what was coming next, and sure enough: after a smoker's phlegmy throat-clearing, the dragon auntie, in a really awful gaspy vibrato, began to croon that good old 'Farmer's Lament,' the one folk song everybody knew.
Hardly paintings, these basic word/image presentations have a Chaplinesque charm; their spareness--their witty near-nothingness--cuts through the phlegmy and the lachrymose with the keenness of newly won sobriety.
But his sense of humor, a phlegmy weave of dryness and zaniness, was not gone.
There are ways to respond to the surprising onset of something dreadfully phlegmy during Swan Lake; that's why theaters have lobbies to which one can flee and why the muse Terpsichore * is so often depicted proffering cough drops, or should be.
I'd been phlegmy, coughing and feeling generally unwell and getting progressively worse.