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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Adjective


Noun sick has 1 sense

Verb sick has 1 sense

Adjective sick has 7 senses


sicka. [OE. sek, sik, ill, AS. seóc; akin to OS. siok, seoc, OFries. siak, D. ziek, G. siech, OHG. sioh, Icel. sjkr, Sw. sjuk, Dan. syg, Goth. siuks ill, siukan to be ill.].
  •  Affected with disease of any kind; ill; indisposed; not in health. See the Synonym under Illness.  [1913 Webster]
    "Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever."  [1913 Webster]
    "Behold them that are sick with famine."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Affected with, or attended by, nausea; inclined to vomit; as, sick at the stomach; a sick headache.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Having a strong dislike; disgusted; surfeited; -- with of; as, to be sick of flattery.  [1913 Webster]
    "He was not so sick of his master as of his work."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Corrupted; imperfect; impaired; weakned.  [1913 Webster]
    "[These terms, sick bed, sick berth, etc., are also written both hyphened and solid.]"  [1913 Webster]
    "So great is his antipathy against episcopacy, that, if a seraphim himself should be a bishop, he would either find or make some sick feathers in his wings."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- Diseased; ill; disordered; distempered; indisposed; weak; ailing; feeble; morbid.
     Sickness.  Chaucer.  [1913 Webster]
sickv. i. 
     To fall sick; to sicken.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]


sick, adj., n., & v.
1 (often in comb.) esp. Brit. vomiting or tending to vomit (feels sick; has been sick; seasick).
2 esp. US ill; affected by illness (has been sick for a week; a sick man; sick with measles).
3 a (often foll. by at) esp. mentally perturbed; disordered (the product of a sick mind; sick at heart). b (often foll. by for, or in comb.) pining; longing (sick for a sight of home; lovesick).
4 (often foll. by of) colloq. a disgusted; surfeited (sick of chocolates). b angry, esp. because of surfeit (am sick of being teased).
5 colloq. (of humour etc.) jeering at misfortune, illness, death, etc.; morbid (sick joke).
6 (of a ship) needing repair (esp. of a specified kind) (paint-sick).
--n. Brit. colloq. vomit.
--v.tr. (usu. foll. by up) Brit. colloq. vomit (sicked up his dinner).

go sick report oneself as ill. look sick colloq. be unimpressive or embarrassed. sick at (or to) one's stomach US vomiting or tending to vomit. sick-benefit Brit. an allowance made by the State to a person absent from work through sickness. sick building syndrome a high incidence of illness in office workers, attributed to the immediate working surroundings. sick-call
1 a visit by a doctor to a sick person etc.
2 Mil. a summons for sick men to attend. sick-flag a yellow flag indicating disease at a quarantine station or on ship. sick headache a migraine headache with vomiting. sick-leave leave of absence granted because of illness. sick-list a list of the sick, esp. in a regiment, ship, etc. sick-making colloq. sickening. sick nurse = NURSE. sick-pay pay given to an employee etc. on sick-leave. take sick colloq. be taken ill.
sickish adj.
sick, v.tr. (usu. in imper.) (esp. to a dog) set upon (a rat etc.).

19th c., dial. var. of SEEK



abnormal, affected, afflicted, ailing, airsick, amiss, annoyed, appalled, bad, below par, bent, bereft of reason, bizarre, blase, bored, brainsick, burdened, carsick, chagrined, comfortless, confined, crackbrained, cracked, crazed, crazy, critically ill, cronk, crook, daft, debilitated, defective, deluded, demented, deprived of reason, deranged, desolate, desole, disconsolate, diseased, disgusted, disordered, disoriented, dispirited, distraught, disturbed, down, faint, faintish, fed-up, feeling awful, feeling faint, feeling something terrible, fevered, flawed, flighty, forlorn, funny, ghoulish, good and tired, grotesque, gruesome, hallucinated, heartsick, heartsore, ill, imperfect, in danger, inconsolable, indisposed, infirm, insane, irked, irrational, irritated, jaded, kinky, laid low, laid up, life-weary, loco, lousy, lunatic, macabre, mad, maddened, manic, masochistic, mazed, mean, melancholic, melancholy, mental, mentally deficient, meshuggah, miserable, moon-struck, morbid, morose, mortally ill, nauseated, neurotic, non compos, non compos mentis, not all there, not quite right, not right, odd, of unsound mind, off, off-color, offended, out of sorts, peaked, peaking, peaky, peculiar, poorly, psycho, psychoneurotic, psychotic, put out, qualmish, queasy, queer, reasonless, repelled, repulsed, revolted, rocky, rotten, sadistic, satiated, seasick, seedy, senseless, shocked, shocking, sick at heart, sick of, sick unto death, sickened, sickish, sickly, soul-sick, splenetic, squeamish, stark-mad, stark-staring mad, strange, stricken, taken ill, tetched, tired, tired of, tired of living, tired to death, tottering, touched, troubled, unbalanced, unconsolable, unconventional, under the weather, unhealthy, unhinged, unsane, unsettled, unsound, unwell, upset, wandering, wearied, weariful, weary, weary unto death, weird, witless, wobbly, world-weary, wretched




N disease, illness, sickness, ailing, all the ills that flesh is heir to, morbidity, morbosity, infirmity, ailment, indisposition, complaint, disorder, malady, distemper, distemperature, visitation, attack, seizure, stroke, fit, delicacy, loss of health, invalidation, cachexy, cachexia, atrophy, marasmus, indigestion, dyspepsia, decay, decline, consumption, palsy, paralysis, prostration, taint, pollution, infection, sepsis, septicity, infestation, epidemic, pandemic, endemic, epizootic, murrain, plague, pestilence, pox, sore, ulcer, abscess, fester, boil, pimple, wen, carbuncle, gathering, imposthume, peccant humor, issue, rot, canker, cold sore, fever sore, cancer, carcinoma, leukemia, neoplastic disease, malignancy, tumor, caries, mortification, corruption, gangrene, sphacelus, sphacelation, leprosy, eruption, rash, breaking out, fever, temperature, calenture, inflammation, ague, angina pectoris, appendicitis, Asiatic cholera, spasmodic cholera, biliary calculus, kidney stone, black death, bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, blennorrhagia, blennorrhoea, blood poisoning, bloodstroke, bloody flux, brash, breakbone fever, dengue fever, malarial fever, Q-fever, heart attack, cardiac arrest, cardiomyopathy, hardening of the arteries, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, bronchocele, canker rash, cardialgia, carditis, endocarditis, cholera, asphyxia, chlorosis, chorea, cynanche, dartre, enanthem, enanthema, erysipelas, exanthem, exanthema, gallstone, goiter, gonorrhea, green sickness, grip, grippe, influenza, flu, hay fever, heartburn, heaves, rupture, hernia, hemorrhoids, piles, herpes, itch, king's evil, lockjaw, measles, mumps, polio, necrosis, pertussis, phthisis, pneumonia, psora, pyaemia, pyrosis, quinsy, rachitis, ringworm, rubeola, St. Vitus's dance, scabies, scarlatina, scarlet fever, scrofula, seasickness, struma, syntexis, tetanus, tetter, tonsillitis, tonsilitis, tracheocele, trachoma, trismus, varicella, varicosis, variola, water qualm, whooping cough, yellow fever, yellow jack, fatal disease, dangerous illness, galloping consumption, churchyard cough, general breaking up, break up of the system, idiocy insanity, martyr to disease, cripple, the halt the lame and the blind, valetudinary, valetudinarian, invalid, patient, case, sickroom, sick- chamber, pathology, etiology, nosology, anthrax, bighead, blackleg, blackquarter, cattle plague, glanders, mange, scrapie, milk sickness, heartworm, feline leukemia, roundworms, quarter-evil, quarter-ill, rinderpest, virus, bacterium, bacteria, DNA virus, RNA virus, rhinovirus, rhabdovirus, picornavirus, herpesvirus, cytomegalovirus, CMV, human immunodefficiency virus, HIV, diseased, ailing, ill, ill of, taken ill, seized with, indisposed, unwell, sick, squeamish, poorly, seedy, affected with illness, afflicted with illness, laid up, confined, bedridden, invalided, in hospital, on the sick list, out of health, out of sorts, under the weather, valetudinary, unsound, unhealthy, sickly, morbid, morbose, healthless, infirm, chlorotic, unbraced, drooping, flagging, lame, crippled, halting, morbid, tainted, vitiated, peccant, contaminated, poisoned, tabid, mangy, leprous, cankered, rotten, rotten to the core, rotten at the core, withered, palsied, paralytic, dyspeptic, luetic, pneumonic, pulmonic, phthisic, rachitic, syntectic, syntectical, tabetic, varicose, touched in the wind, broken-winded, spavined, gasping, hors de combat, weakly, weakened, decrepit, decayed, incurable, in declining health, cranky, in a bad way, in danger, prostrate, moribund, morbific epidemic, endemic, zymotic.

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