sea·​sick·​ness ˈsē-ˌsik-nəs How to pronounce seasickness (audio)
: motion sickness experienced on the water

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The waters also are largely calm, keeping seasickness to a minimum. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Nov. 2022 When a storm hits, seasickness and food poisoning cause the guests to spew vomit and other effluents everywhere, including on each other, while two characters debate Marxism. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 20 Nov. 2022 In July 1774, newly arrived in London and reeling still from seasickness, Thomas Hutchinson, the royal governor of Massachusetts, was whisked off for a private interview with George III. Stacy Schiff, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2022 Our crew effectively halved by seasickness, Bob and I took turns at the tiller. Luther Ray Abel, National Review, 28 Aug. 2022 Coolidge vomited throughout the scene, somehow finding the performance through extreme seasickness. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 4 Aug. 2022 But seasickness cuts the lesson short and his willingness to make any linguistic effort seems to end right there. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 The previous night's trip down the Bransfield Strait, which separates the Peninsula from the South Shetland Islands, was replete with roaring winds, wild waves and a level of seasickness no pill could extinguish. Mark Johanson, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 By April 11, 1916, as their ice floe broke apart, Shackleton and the Endurance crew took to their lifeboats, spending several days grimly huddled together, battling seasickness, drenched by freezing seawater and ravaged by thirst. Barry Neild, CNN, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1613, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seasickness was in 1613

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Cite this Entry

“Seasickness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


sea·​sick·​ness -nəs How to pronounce seasickness (audio)
: motion sickness experienced on the water

called also mal de mer

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