sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.

1790–1800; home + sick1

homesickness, noun Unabridged
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homesick (ˈhəʊmˌsɪk)
depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family

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Word Origin & History

1756, translating Ger. heimweh, from Heim "home" + Weh "woe, pain;" the compound is from Swiss dialect, expressing the longing for the mountains. The word was introduced to other European languages 17c. by Swiss mercenaries.
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Different people experience homesickness differently and cope with it in different ways.
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