\ ˈsik How to pronounce sick (audio) \
sicker; sickest

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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Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Observation status covers patients who don’t need inpatient admission, but are too sick to be treated at home. Julie Washington, cleveland.com, "What’s your experience with the difference between hospital inpatient vs. observation status? Calling All Readers," 10 Sep. 2019 Robinson explained there are hundreds of kinds of E. coli bacteria, and only a handful of them make people sick. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Yuck! Beach closures this summer in Twin Cities blamed on poop-germ," 12 Aug. 2019 Given that his own weed makes him sick, this establishes that Greg is very bad at purchasing drugs. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Succession Season 1: What You Need to Remember Before the New Season," 11 Aug. 2019 Caregivers and health workers, in closest contact with the sick, are at greatest risk. Katharine Walter, The New Republic, "Ebola Outbreaks Are About Inequality," 8 Aug. 2019 Francisco says the men were bitten by ticks and some were very sick. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "U.S. citizen’s detention is a reminder that mixed-status families can feel trapped along the border," 4 Aug. 2019 Jared is still very sick.... but developing some traction and remains a fighter. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Support rolling in for Highlands, UK, New York Giants legend Jared Lorenzen," 2 July 2019 Still, Angels fans must be pretty sick of the team’s continued slide from relevance. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October," 17 Sep. 2019 Disregard sick religion but please don’t give up on healthy and authentic religion. The Rev. Dr. Wm. Louis "lou" Piel, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Piel: Don’t disregard healthy, authentic religion in spiritual search for answers," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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

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English Language Learners Definition of sick

: affected with a disease or illness
: of or relating to people who are ill
informal : very annoyed or bored by something because you have had too much of it
\ ˈsik How to pronounce sick (audio) \
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.
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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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