homesick

adjective

home·​sick ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio)
: longing for home and family while absent from them
homesickness noun

Example Sentences

He was homesick when he went to college. She was homesick for her mother's cooking.
Recent Examples on the Web Trystan, an international student from Ukraine, is homesick not just because of the isolation brought on by the pandemic but also the anxieties of war in her invaded homeland, where her parents and family remain. Michael Woch, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2022 Lvova-Belova, who is under Western sanctions, said the boy had been homesick at first and even attended a demonstration supporting Ukraine. Emma Bubola, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2022 Actor Susan Traylor, a childhood friend of Roo's, spoke of feeling homesick while spending Christmas in Hawaii with the Didions. Hillel Italie, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2022 This uplifting and engaging story is about Millie, a homesick young girl who inspires an entire community to band together to create a vegetable garden on the rooftop of their school. Betsy Groban, BostonGlobe.com, 29 July 2022 As Jenny grows more and more homesick, Sumit’s family members refuse to acknowledge their nuptials. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 13 July 2022 One of her older brothers, Kevin, remembers Mitchell being homesick during the 2020 season. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 7 July 2022 Fellow homesick Venezuelans, some even driving up from San Jose, would line up outside of their house to pick up fried empanadas, fluffy bread stuffed with ham and arepas. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 July 2022 Jenny becomes homesick and isolated as Sumit's relatives double down on their refusal to acknowledge their wedding. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of homesick was in 1748

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“Homesick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homesick. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

homesick

adjective

home·​sick ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio)
: longing for home and family while away from them
homesickness noun

Medical Definition

homesick

adjective

home·​sick ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio)
: longing for home and family while absent from them
homesickness noun

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