What if it rained and you felt a bit glandy?

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Senior Member
Hi there,

What is this "glandy" business? I assume it means "ready to start crying," but have not been able to find it in any dictionary. Is it common?

Here's from David Nicholls's novel One Day:
"Live each day as if it's your last', that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? . . ."

  • Gwan

    Senior Member
    New Zealand, English
    I don't think it's a standard expression, my guess would be that it means "if you have some sort of problem with your glands", such as swollen glands in your neck which might herald a cold. i.e. he's not talking about coming down with bubonic plague or something, just that feeling that you might be getting a bit ill.


    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    . . . unless, of course, it refers to actual glands and a hormone or two. (Those things in the neck being not glands, actually, but lymph nodes.) Could it be rhyming slang ("randy")?

    I've never heard, or heard of, the word.
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