homesick

adjective
home·​sick | \ ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio) \

Definition of homesick

: longing for home and family while absent from them

Other Words from homesick

homesickness noun

Examples of homesick in a Sentence

He was homesick when he went to college. She was homesick for her mother's cooking.
Recent Examples on the Web As Jenny grows more and more homesick, Sumit’s family members refuse to acknowledge their nuptials. Wilson Chapman, Variety, 13 July 2022 One of her older brothers, Kevin, remembers Mitchell being homesick during the 2020 season. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 7 July 2022 Fellow homesick Venezuelans, some even driving up from San Jose, would line up outside of their house to pick up fried empanadas, fluffy bread stuffed with ham and arepas. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 July 2022 Jenny becomes homesick and isolated as Sumit's relatives double down on their refusal to acknowledge their wedding. Amanda Taylor, PEOPLE.com, 13 July 2022 There was a time when a homesick Chicagoan could find the wiener of her youth at Shake Shack or any Sonic Drive-In. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 3 July 2022 Sent to Birmingham, England, in 1945, the women were tasked with clearing a two- to three-year logjam of mail destined for homesick American troops on the front line awaiting word from back home. La Risa R. Lynch, Journal Sentinel, 1 July 2022 An 8-year-old female, presented after aggressive outburst against mom, was teary and homesick in the evening. Judith Warner, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 The British actress did speak candidly about being homesick, though. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 14 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of homesick

1748, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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“Homesick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homesick. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for homesick

homesick

adjective
home·​sick | \ ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio) \

Kids Definition of homesick

: longing for home and family

Other Words from homesick

homesickness noun

homesick

adjective
home·​sick | \ ˈhōm-ˌsik How to pronounce homesick (audio) \

Medical Definition of homesick

: longing for home and family while absent from them

Other Words from homesick

homesickness noun

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