sick

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adjective

sicker; sickest
1
a(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
3
a
: 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
4
a
: 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

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noun

British

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
People became sick, necessitating hospitalization; the public health community worked to identify COVID-19 and subsequent strains of the virus, and ultimately the necessary vaccines. Thomas Bostick, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 To prepare for when your baby gets sick, pair an infrared thermometer that’s 50% off with the FridaBaby NoseFrida, a popular nasal aspirator that helps clear your baby’s stuffy nose. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 15 Feb. 2024 In a Wednesday morning phone interview, Chin-Hong said navigating the new protocols would mean an ongoing and collective effort to test and wear masks when sick, stay up to date on vaccinations and prioritize safety for the most vulnerable. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 14 Feb. 2024 The city of Boston, Massachusetts, also has relaxed its stay-at-home restrictions for sick kids. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 13 Feb. 2024 Cats are particularly susceptible to getting sick, and have been linked to several cases of human plague in the U.S. via respiratory droplets in recent decades. Sara Moniuszko, CBS News, 12 Feb. 2024 For those sick of all that wet weather, hang on: more rain is being forecast in about a week. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 When animals get sick, the methods used to end their lives, while expedient for the corporation, cause prolonged suffering for the animals. Crystal Heath, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 The deer also can get sick from eating food meant for humans and become vulnerable to parasites. Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adjective

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

Noun

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sick was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sick. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

sick

adjective
ˈsik
1
a
: affected with disease or ill health
b
: of, relating to, or intended for use in sickness
sick pay
a sick ward
c
: affected with or accompanied by nausea : queasy sense 1
felt sick to her stomach
2
a
: badly upset by strong emotion
sick with shame
worried sick
b
: tired of something from having too much of it
sick of their whining
c
: filled with disgust
such gossip makes me sick
3
: mentally or emotionally unsound or disturbed
sick thoughts

Medical Definition

sick

adjective
1
a
: 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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