sick

adjective
\ ˈsik \

Definition of sick

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1a(1) : affected with disease or ill health : ailing
(2) : of, relating to, or intended for use in sickness took five sick days this month a sick ward
b : queasy, nauseated sick to one's stomach was sick in the car
c : undergoing menstruation
2 : spiritually or morally unsound or corrupt
3a : sickened by strong emotion sick with fear worried sick
b : having a strong distaste from surfeit : satiated sick of flattery
c : filled with disgust or chagrin gossip makes me sick
d : depressed and longing for something sick for one's home
4a : mentally or emotionally unsound or disordered : morbid sick thoughts
b : highly distasteful : macabre, sadistic sick jokes a sick crime
5 : lacking vigor : sickly: such as
a : badly outclassed made the competition look sick
b : incapable of producing profitable yields of a crop sick soils
6 slang : outstandingly or amazingly good or impressive Rookie was phenomenal Friday. His goal was nice, but the pass to twin brother, Chris, … was downright sick.— Roy Lang III

sick

noun

Definition of sick (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from sick

Adjective

sickly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for sick

Synonyms: Adjective

ailing, bad, down, ill, indisposed, peaked, peaky, poorly, punk, run-down, sickened, unhealthy, unsound, unwell

Antonyms: Adjective

hale, healthful, healthy, sound, well, whole, wholesome

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Examples of sick in a Sentence

Adjective

He is at home sick in bed. She is sick with the flu. I'm too sick to go to work. The medicine just made me sicker. The sickest patients are in intensive care. My poor rosebush looks sick. She has been on the sick list all week. The way they treat people makes me sick.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This damage often occurs when people are sick and blowing their nose too hard and too often, which can cause little tears in the membranes lining the inside of the nose—which are often already inflamed from fighting off infection, Dr. Sindwani says. Amy Marturana, SELF, "What Your Snot Can Tell You About Your Health," 26 Dec. 2018 Cattle live longer than chickens, increasing their chances of getting sick and needing antibiotic treatment. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "McDonald’s to Trim Antibiotics From Its Beef," 11 Dec. 2018 Starting Wednesday, Anchorage residents sick of the noise may find some relief. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "For some in Anchorage, it’s been the summer of airplane noise. But just wait until next year.," 10 July 2018 How sick of the lionfish is the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission? Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them," 20 June 2018 An appointment with an Ear Nose and Throat specialist was set for February, but then everyone in the family got sick around Christmas. Blake Sebring, Post-Tribune, "Town rallies around baby who successfully fought off cancer," 14 June 2018 Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "Lena Dunham Gained 24 Pounds—and Is Happier Than Ever," 10 July 2018 Also, sick in the tissue and in the head and subsisting only on small amounts of sugar, tons of caffeine and a purse pharmacy. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lena Dunham Shares Body Positive Message, Feels 'Happy Joyous & Free' After Weight Gain," 10 July 2018 At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump administration takes another swipe at ‘Obamacare’," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of sick

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sick

Adjective

Middle English sek, sik, from Old English sēoc; akin to Old High German sioh sick

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sick

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sick

: affected with a disease or illness

: of or relating to people who are ill

: very annoyed or bored by something because you have had too much of it

sick

adjective
\ ˈsik \
sicker; sickest

Kids Definition of sick

1 : affected with disease or illness : not well
2 : of, relating to, or intended for use in or during illness sick pay
3 : affected with or accompanied by nausea The bobbing of the boat made me feel sick.
4 : badly upset by strong emotion I was sick with worry.
5 : annoyed or bored of something from having too much of it We were sick of his whining.
6 : filled with disgust or anger Such gossip makes me sick.

sick

adjective
\ ˈsik \

Medical Definition of sick

1a : affected with disease or ill health
b : of, relating to, or intended for use in sickness a sick ward
c : affected with nausea : inclined to vomit or being in the act of vomiting sick to one's stomach was sick in the car
2 : mentally or emotionally unsound or disordered

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