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 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, "The Identity Transformation of Becoming a Mom," 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., "The problem with Harvey Karp's $1,160 bassinet," 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, "Books: ‘I Am’ recounts author’s 17 brushes with death," 17 Feb. 2018 The two women met by chance in a Starbucks last year, bonding over their colicky babies. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Laura Benanti Sings With Her Daughter, When She’s Not Impersonating Melania Trump," 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, "Your post-pregnancy body image: 5 things to keep in mind," 1 Sep. 2017 A wee lad named Bertie has a miserable shrew of a mother, a pathetic philanderer of a father and a colicky infant of a brother. Bethanne Patrick, The Denver Post, "A Scottish boy needs all the moral support he can get in “The Bertie Project”," 24 Feb. 2017 Knott’s colicky poems assume the reader’s malign intentions, imagining the page as a place of conflict or, at best, of fraying truce. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "Bill Knott’s Anti-Career of Guerrilla Poetry," 24 Mar. 2017 By the way, colicky newborn keeping you up all night? Michael Venables, WIRED, "Kinder, Gentler Pirates with Social Values? Today is the Launch of Disney Junior," 15 Feb. 2011

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1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Colicky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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