homesick

adjective
home·​sick | \ ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio) \

Definition of homesick

: longing for home and family while absent from them

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Other Words from homesick

homesickness noun

Examples of homesick in a Sentence

He was homesick when he went to college. She was homesick for her mother's cooking.
Recent Examples on the Web Harris also felt homesick while dealing with COVID-19 protocols in Boulder, leading to his transfer to Arizona. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona football: Jeff Fisch's Wildcats busy on National Signing Day," 3 Feb. 2021 But toward the end of Wiseman’s sophomore year, his sister became homesick in Memphis and sank into depression. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Family sacrifices helped Warriors' James Wiseman live his dream. 'Now it's my turn to help'," 2 Feb. 2021 People at home, feeling homesick for their hometown. Star Tribune, "When Minnesotans couldn't go to the museum, museums came to us," 30 Jan. 2021 In winter 1942, a homesick McCardell, like other Americans engaged in the war effort, was away from home for the first time at Christmas. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, "Sunpapers war correspondent Lee McCardell’s annual World War II Christmas letter became a front-page tradition," 24 Dec. 2020 Many trainees hosted by the volunteer families are on their own for the first time, and some are deeply homesick. Sig Christenson, ExpressNews.com, "On Thanksgiving, troops stationed in San Antonio find camaraderie in crisis," 26 Nov. 2020 Trump’s presidency, all can agree, is not a normal one and many sensible Americans of goodwill are homesick for normal. D.j. Tice, Star Tribune, "As always, Biden goes where the wind blows," 26 Oct. 2020 There are kids who get homesick for friends, miss the chance to play a team sport or have to abandon extracurricular classes like music lessons. Washington Post, "Home schooling is a hot topic in the pandemic. Is road schooling next?," 5 Oct. 2020 Bailey, who grew up in England and has lived in the United States since the 1980s, said that her hope with the pop-up is to provide a sense of comfort to British expats who are homesick and cannot travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Grapevine’s British Emporium pop-up shop coming to Richardson," 29 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of homesick

1748, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of homesick was in 1748

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13 Feb 2021

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“Homesick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homesick. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for homesick

homesick

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of homesick

: sad because you are away from your family and home

homesick

adjective
home·​sick | \ ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio) \

Kids Definition of homesick

: longing for home and family

Other Words from homesick

homesickness noun

homesick

adjective
home·​sick | \ ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio) \

Medical Definition of homesick

: longing for home and family while absent from them

Other Words from homesick

homesickness noun

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