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[hohm-sik] /ˈhoʊmˌsɪk/
sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.
Origin of homesick
1790-1800; home + sick1
Related forms
homesickness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for homesick
  • The logic behind it is that the new bride won't miss her old village as much and will be less likely to get homesick.
  • He was awfully homesick at first, but now he has won his place in his own little world and he is all right.
  • The market is famous for catering to the culinary cravings of homesick expatriates and rootless cosmopolitans.
  • He's homesick on the first day of spring training every year.
  • When you're homesick, sometimes it doesn't seem enough to keep in touch by phone or email.
  • Pistachio and pale blue are summer colors but they are also homesick colors.
  • Discuss with these students the idea of being homesick or being happy to be home after a long vacation.
  • They remembered her visits to camp--to minister to the wounded, cheer the homesick, and comfort the dying.
  • She left the seminary, homesick and ill with the flu, but unconverted to church membership.
  • They're scared, homesick and they miss their families.
British Dictionary definitions for homesick


depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family
Derived Forms
homesickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homesick

1798, back-formation from homesickness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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