sick·​er | \ ˈsi-kər How to pronounce sicker (audio) \

Definition of sicker

chiefly Scotland
: secure, safe also : dependable

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Other Words from sicker

sicker adverb, chiefly Scotland
sickerly adverb, chiefly Scotland

Examples of sicker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some rare individuals have gotten very ill the second time they’ve been infected, a few even sicker than the first. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "We’re Thinking About Reinfection All Wrong," 24 Feb. 2021 And this winter, the patients being hospitalized seem sicker than those from the spring, said Poe. al, "UAB asks retired nurses to help fight pandemic as staffing levels wane," 8 Dec. 2020 Back in the spring, when the virus was ripping through long-term care facilities at a merciless rate, each patient who arrived seemed to be sicker than the next. Hanna Krueger,, "Two patients, one week in the hospital, and a world of change," 23 Jan. 2021 The current surge is pushing them to the limit because people with COVID-19 are far sicker than the average patient. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "America’s Best-Prepared Hospital Is Nearly Overwhelmed," 20 Nov. 2020 Patients with the virus tend to be sicker than flu patients and require more staff. al, "Alabama hospitals filling up fast, Montgomery fills every ICU bed," 10 Dec. 2020 Why do some patients get so much sicker than others? Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: How will we get the vaccine?," 13 Nov. 2020 Making matters worse, patients with other medical problems are sicker than usual, several doctors told me. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Third Surge Is Breaking Health-Care Workers," 13 Nov. 2020 What makes some patients so much sicker than others? NBC News, "'Breakthrough finding' reveals why certain Covid-19 patients die," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sicker

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sicker

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

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

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3 Mar 2021

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“Sicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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