sick·​er ˈsi-kər How to pronounce sicker (audio)
chiefly Scotland
: secure, safe
also : dependable
sicker adverb chiefly Scotland
sickerly adverb chiefly Scotland

Examples of sicker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yeah, that's definitely something that has been brought up with a disproportionate impact of individuals who are wearing masks, and disproportionately people of color in North Carolina ended up being harmed by COVID, much more so, and died and became sicker, etc. Abc News, ABC News, 21 May 2024 Another significant issue is a provider shortage across America, especially in rural settings, meaning fewer doctors, nurses and other providers to care for an increasingly older and sicker population. Tom Zirpoli, Baltimore Sun, 8 May 2024 The sicker an individual, the higher the stakes — and the more common these errors become. Adam Rodman, STAT, 3 May 2024 The next morning, on March 15, 2023, Angela Craig was back in the hospital, seemingly sicker than ever. Sarah Prior, CBS News, 22 Mar. 2024 Why, then, are employees sicker and more stressed than ever? Andrew Deutscher, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Unvaccinated children are often sicker, said Kadri of Banner Urgent Care in Phoenix. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 19 Jan. 2024 Spring came, and my father got sicker and sicker, more and more frail. Emily Ziff Griffin, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2024 And if a patient becomes sicker or dies, the question of who is liable becomes an issue. Sanya Mansoor, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Middle English siker, from Old English sicor, from Latin securus secure

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Sicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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