sick

adjective
\ ˈsik How to pronounce sick (audio) \

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

Granted, the problem with getting attached to a long-term meme is that people who pay attention to social media get really, really sick of it. Verge Staff, The Verge, "The best memes of 2018, according to The Verge staff," 27 Dec. 2018 An over-the-top battle ensues, but Anna insists everything is fine afterward; maybe the guy got really sick. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Anna and the Apocalypse: A zombie-Christmas-high school musical can’t be this good," 1 Dec. 2018 Families reported their dogs falling sick after munching on clumps of mussels. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Explosion of false dark mussels revives hopes for clearer waters and concern for dogs in Anne Arundel County," 11 July 2018 Her first point is the sicker burn, but her second one is what will matter in November. Jay Willis, GQ, "Republicans Are Terrified of What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Started," 2 July 2018 Not permitted are females in heat, aggressive or sick dogs, puppies under four months, or pets other than dogs. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "It's A Dog's Life At The Rocky Hill Dog Park," 27 June 2018 The first signs of illness began on Wednesday and rescue officials were notified Thursday when more people at the camp reported feeling sick. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Kids from South Florida attending Central Florida camp where dozens became sick," 22 June 2018 But the exact efficacy is different every year and depends on how well the strains in the vaccine are matched to the ones actually floating around and making people sick. Korin Miller, SELF, "Good News: This Year's Flu Vaccine Seems to Be a Good Match," 14 Jan. 2019 After hearing that this was causing people to get sick, Veronica Lucas took a closer look at her travel mug and discovered tons of mold hidden underneath the lid's removable seal. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "There's Mold Hiding in Your Travel Tumbler Lid — Here's Exactly How to Clean It Before You Get Sick," 26 Jan. 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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sick

adjective

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

sick

adjective
\ 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.

sick

adjective
\ ˈsik How to pronounce sick (audio) \

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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