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sickly

adjective sick·ly \ ˈsi-klē \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of sickly

1 : somewhat unwell; also : habitually ailing
2 : produced by or associated with sickness
  • a sickly complexion
  • a sickly appetite
3 : producing or tending to produce disease : unwholesome
  • a sickly climate
4 a : appearing as if sick
b : lacking in vigor : weak
  • a sickly plant
5 : sickening
  • a sickly odor

sickliness

noun

Examples of sickly in a Sentence

  1. The walls were painted a sickly yellow.

  2. The lamp gave off a sickly glow.

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First Known Use of sickly

14th century


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sickly

verb

Definition of sickly

sicklied; sicklying
transitive verb
: to make sick or sickly

First Known Use of sickly

1763


SICKLY Defined for English Language Learners

sickly

adjective

Definition of sickly for English Language Learners

  • : often affected by a disease or illness : not healthy and strong

  • : caused by or relating to sickness

  • : causing a person to feel sick


SICKLY Defined for Kids

sickly

adjective sick·ly \ ˈsik-lē \

Definition of sickly for Students

sicklier; sickliest
1 : somewhat sick : often ailing
  • I was sickly as a child.
2 : caused by or associated with ill health
  • a sickly complexion
3 : sickening
  • a sickly odor
4 : appearing as if sick
  • The sickly plants withered away.

Medical Dictionary

sickly

adjective sick·ly \ ˈsik-lē \

medical Definition of sickly

1 : somewhat unwell; also : habitually ailing
  • a sickly child
2 : produced by or associated with sickness
  • a sickly complexion
3 : producing or tending to produce disease
  • a sickly climate
4 : tending to produce nausea
  • a sickly odor


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