sick·​room | \ ˈsik-ˌrüm How to pronounce sickroom (audio) , -ˌru̇m \

Definition of sickroom

: a room in which a person is confined by sickness

Examples of sickroom in a Sentence

We brought father home from the hospital and converted a spare room into a sickroom.
Recent Examples on the Web To prevent infected air from seeping out of the sickroom, Fox suggests wedging towels in the gap under the bedroom door. Liz Szabo, NBC News, 17 May 2022 In 1855, Martineau once again confined herself to a sickroom due to a resurgence of her symptoms. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Nov. 2021 Martineau broke off all contact with Greenhow, left her sickroom in Tynemouth, and resumed traveling and writing once more. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Nov. 2021 When Praskovya bursts into her husband’s sickroom, the music shoots a jolt of energy — and life — into the moment. Matthew J. Palm,, 20 Feb. 2021 For Richard Wright and Masaoka Shiki, lying on their sickroom beds, writing haiku was an art of short spurts of insight followed by exhaustion. Christopher Benfey, The New York Review of Books, 25 June 2020 Even the devoted family dog, Heidi, was banished from the sickroom. Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2020 Dying people in the bygone world were said to have commonly seen their dead relations or others known to them—not in the hallucinatory trips of the near-death experience, but in the sickroom with them. John Crowley, Harper's magazine, 10 Apr. 2019 As shot by Philippe Le Sourd, the film looks like an unholy collaboration between John Singer Sargent and Edvard Munch, a faded mansion on its way to becoming a sickroom. Charles Taylor, Newsweek, 22 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of sickroom

1749, in the meaning defined above

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sick·​room | \ ˈsik-ˌrüm, -ˌru̇m How to pronounce sickroom (audio) \

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