He is at home sick in bed.
She is sick with the flu.
I'm too sick to go to work.
The medicine just made me sicker.
The sickest patients are in intensive care.
My poor rosebush looks sick.
She has been on the sick list all week.
The way they treat people makes me sick. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The people who got sick were from seven states: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, and Ohio.—Ashia Aubourg, SELF, 21 Nov. 2023 Well, 72% of respondents agree that a bad night’s sleep tanks their productivity the next day, citing feeling distracted (61% of respondents), failing to accomplish goals (42%), and even calling out sick (25%).—Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 One person died in California and another became sick while pregnant and had preterm labor, the agency noted.—Kate Gibson, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 Infectious diseases are spread from close contact with a sick person or surfaces that are contaminated, according to Stacey Rubin Rose, MD, an associate professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.—Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 20 Nov. 2023 The evacuation, which Israel says was voluntary, left behind only Israeli troops and a small number of health workers to care for those too sick to move.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 19 Nov. 2023 Viruses can get sick in the sense that their normal function is impaired.—The Conversation, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 Despite attempts from health workers to evacuate some of Gaza’s biggest hospitals and promises from Israeli forces to allow those who are wounded and sick to go south, efforts appear to be failing.—Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 Netanyahu said other countries, including France, were creating floating and field hospitals to take in injured and sick patients.—Doug Cameron, WSJ, 12 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English sek, sik, from Old English sēoc; akin to Old High German sioh sick
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)