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[sik-uh n] /ˈsɪk ən/
verb (used with or without object)
to make or become sick.
Origin of sicken
1150-1200; Middle English seknen, sicnen; cognate with Old Norse sjūkna. See sick1, -en1
Related forms
resicken, verb
unsickened, adjective
repulse, revolt, disgust, upset. Unabridged
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  • Hark you, Adela, I begin to sicken of the plan we have laid.

    The Surgeon's Daughter Sir Walter Scott
  • There were poisons so subtle that to know their properties one had to sicken of them.

  • If they sicken and die, he knows it not except through the report of those wretched mercenaries, the overseers.

    The Kentuckian in New-York, Volume I (of 2) William Alexander Caruthers
  • He was strangely reticent; my news seemed to benumb and sicken him.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • What made the girl start and sicken as though an adder had stung her to the quick?

    General Bounce G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • But now they also began to sicken, and look pale, and anxious, and sad.

  • I fear I think most of the dreadful names that redden and sicken us.

  • But I sicken as I write of the horrible cruelties practised by Alva.

    The Golden Grasshopper W.H.G. Kingston
  • My heart began to sicken within me pretty much like Hector's did when he had to face the wrath of Achilles.

    Mosby's War Reminiscences John Singleton Mosby
British Dictionary definitions for sicken


to make or become sick, nauseated, or disgusted
(intransitive) often foll by for. to show symptoms (of an illness)
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Word Origin and History for sicken

c.1200, "to become ill," from sick (adj.) + -en (1). Transitive sense of "to make sick" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Sickened; sickening. The earlier verb was simply sick (Old English seocan) "to be ill, fall ill."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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