col·​icky | \ ˈkä-li-kē How to pronounce colicky (audio) \

Definition of colicky

1 : relating to or associated with colic colicky pain
2 : suffering from colic colicky babies

Examples of colicky in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finding the right bottle for your colicky baby is a lot like digging for treasure. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 12 Aug. 2022 Jayne Taini deserves a Stanislavsky Award for her embodiment of Marina, the old nurse who lovingly attends to all these colicky adults. Charles Mcnultytheater Critic, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Meanwhile, at three months postpartum, my belly was soft, my arms felt tired under the weight of a colicky baby, and my legs were numb after spending hours on the couch struggling to breastfeed. SELF, 16 Oct. 2021 My second daughter was a colicky, restless baby whose only relief came from being bounced on a big plastic exercise ball. Erin Zimmerman, The Cut, 25 May 2018 The second of my four children was very colicky: swaddling, sucking and swaying helped a lot and got us through that first year of her life., 26 Apr. 2018 In one, O’Farrell sits in a rental car on the side of a remote road in rural France, trying to nurse her colicky son. Laurie Hertzel, Detroit Free Press, 17 Feb. 2018 The two women met by chance in a Starbucks last year, bonding over their colicky babies. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2018 Difficult childbirth, preterm infants, colicky babies, babies that won’t sleep or even postpartum depression and demanding toddlers can have an impact on your motivation, energy and ability to schedule exercise into your day. Pamela Hannen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of colicky

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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col·​icky | \ ˈkäl-i-kē How to pronounce colicky (audio) \

Medical Definition of colicky

1 : relating to or associated with colic colicky pain
2 : suffering from colic colicky babies

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