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 Trump’s tax reforms, but the idea there was that insurance only works if there are enough low cost rollies to balance out the sicker higher cost enrollees, and that turned out to be a pillar of making sure the Affordable Care Act worked. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 25 Aug. 2023 In some cases, eliminating rats made the populations that endured sicker and so possibly more dangerous to humans. Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 27 July 2023 Those who are sicker subsidize those who are better off. Bill Cassidy, STAT, 5 July 2023 Our immune system tends to decline with age, and those over 65 often become sicker when infected. Trisha Pasricha Md and Mph, Anchorage Daily News, 29 May 2023 This doesn’t necessarily mean that dogs in high-income homes are sicker, the study clarifies, but rather these pups may be getting more medical care since their owners can afford regular vet visits and tests. Anna Nordseth, Discover Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 The idea was floated early in the pandemic, as scientists worked to determine why some became much sicker than others. Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 27 June 2023 Nation/World Research has long shown that Black people live sicker lives and die younger than white people. Liz Szabo, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2023 Advantage plans enrolled a lot of sicker people, including many lower-income beneficiaries. Don Lee, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 See More

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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 24 Sep. 2023.

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