\ 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



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Synonyms & Antonyms for sick

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 Before getting sick, Avery had taken precautions to ensure his family's safety amid a lockdown, like making sure there was enough food. Dakin Andone, CNN, "A 24-year-old Covid-19 survivor is celebrating a different kind of independence this July Fourth," 4 July 2020 Costi Sifri, director of hospital epidemiology at UVA Health in Charlottesville, said the trend of who is getting sick has changed in the Washington region. Washington Post, "Caution urged over holiday weekend as coronavirus cases flatline in Washington region," 2 July 2020 The alternative is not only millions more Americans getting sick, but the current economic crisis spiraling into an extended decline. Bill George, Fortune, "A 7-point plan to slow COVID-19 and restart the economy," 2 July 2020 Recently, fears about getting sick are a regular topic of discussion, as the coronavirus pandemic ravages correctional facilities across the country. Louise Matsakis, Wired, "Behind Bars, but Still Posting on TikTok," 1 July 2020 Education leaders are also worried about a worsening teacher shortage, particularly if not all teachers return to the classroom due to concerns about getting sick. Lily Altavena, USA TODAY, "Arizona schools will delay reopening for in-person classes until at least Aug. 17," 30 June 2020 Experiences vary wildly in North Texas, too: Consumers in some areas of Dallas-Fort worth are behaving as if the pandemic is long gone, while others are afraid to go anywhere, especially after reading reports of restaurant workers getting sick. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "We asked 3 Texas doctors: Would you eat inside a restaurant in Dallas right now?," 30 June 2020 The goal of the camps is to support those most vulnerable and at risk of getting sick. oregonlive, "Sheltering in place: Inside a Portland homeless camp built during the coronavirus pandemic (Video)," 27 June 2020 Some closed specifically to protect their staffs and customers from getting sick, including the Monte Vista Italian restaurant Barbaro and the Southtown Asian cafe Hot Joy, both owned by restaurateur Chad Carey. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Texas bar shutdown likely dooms many San Antonio-area bars," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of sick


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


1957, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sick


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

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“Sick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sick. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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