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sick1

[sik] /sɪk/
adjective, sicker, sickest.
1.
afflicted with ill health or disease; ailing.
2.
affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.
3.
deeply affected with some unpleasant feeling, as of sorrow, disgust, or boredom:
sick at heart; to be sick of parties.
4.
mentally, morally, or emotionally deranged, corrupt, or unsound:
a sick mind; wild statements that made him seem sick.
5.
characteristic of a sick mind:
sick fancies.
6.
dwelling on or obsessed with that which is gruesome, sadistic, ghoulish, or the like; morbid:
a sick comedian; sick jokes.
7.
of, pertaining to, or for use during sickness:
He applied for sick benefits.
8.
accompanied by or suggestive of sickness; sickly:
a sick pallor; the sick smell of disinfectant in the corridors.
9.
disgusted; chagrined.
10.
not in proper condition; impaired.
11.
Agriculture.
  1. failing to sustain adequate harvests of some crop, usually specified:
    a wheat-sick soil.
  2. containing harmful microorganisms:
    a sick field.
12.
Now Rare. menstruating.
noun
13.
(used with a plural verb) sick persons collectively (usually preceded by the).
Idioms
14.
call in sick, to notify one's place of employment by telephone that one will be absent from work because of being ill.
15.
sick and tired, utterly weary; fed up:
I'm sick and tired of working so hard!
16.
sick at one's stomach, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. nauseated.
17.
sick to one's stomach, Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. nauseated.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English sik, sek, Old English sēoc; cognate with Dutch ziek, German siech, Old Norse sjūkr, Gothic siuks
Synonyms
1. infirm, indisposed. See ill. 2. nauseous, nauseated.
Antonyms
1. well, hale, healthy.

sick2

[sik] /sɪk/
verb (used with object)
1.
sic1 .
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Examples from the web for sick
  • Fortunately, physicians no longer believe that bleeding the sick will make them healthy.
  • We seem to take turns getting sick, feeling better, then getting sick all over again.
  • After all, healthy people can work longer and harder than sick people.
  • Doctors have known for a long time that feeling lonely can make you physically sick, but until now they did not know why.
  • Manufacturing jobs disappear because economies are healthy, not sick.
  • But by creating compounds that benefit the sick, they are offering a mental boost to the healthy, too.
  • Ours was the sick feeling of cowards that compels hanging around.
  • They vaccinated the healthy and quarantined the sick.
  • Poor countries are sick because they are poor, but they are also poor because they are sick.
  • Research suggests the so-called brutes fashioned tools, buried their dead, maybe cared for the sick and even conversed.
British Dictionary definitions for sick

sick1

/sɪk/
adjective
1.
inclined or likely to vomit
2.
  1. suffering from ill health
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the sick
3.
  1. of, relating to, or used by people who are unwell: sick benefits
  2. (in combination): sickroom
4.
deeply affected with a mental or spiritual feeling akin to physical sickness: sick at heart
5.
mentally, psychologically, or spiritually disturbed
6.
(informal) delighting in or catering for the macabre or sadistic; morbid: sick humour
7.
(often foll by of) (informal) Also sick and tired. disgusted or weary, esp because satiated: I am sick of his everlasting laughter
8.
(often foll by for) weary with longing; pining: I am sick for my own country
9.
pallid or sickly
10.
not in working order
11.
(of land) unfit for the adequate production of certain crops
12.
(slang) look sick, to be outclassed
noun, verb
13.
an informal word for vomit
See also sick-out
Derived Forms
sickish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English sēoc; related to Old Norse skjūkr, Gothic siuks, Old High German sioh

sick2

/sɪk/
verb
1.
a variant spelling of sic2
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Word Origin and History for sick
v.

"to chase, set upon" (as in command sick him!), 1845, dialectal variant of seek. Used as an imperative to incite a dog to attack a person or animal; hence "cause to pursue." Related: Sicked; sicking.

adj.

"unwell," Old English seoc "ill, diseased, feeble, weak; corrupt; sad, troubled, deeply affected," from Proto-Germanic *seukaz, of uncertain origin. The general Germanic word (cf. Old Norse sjukr, Danish syg, Old Saxon siok, Old Frisian siak, Middle Dutch siec, Dutch ziek, Old High German sioh, Gothic siuks "sick, ill"), but in German and Dutch displaced by krank "weak, slim," probably originally with a sense of "twisted, bent" (see crank (n.)).

Restricted meaning "having an inclination to vomit, affected with nausea" is from 1610s; sense of "tired or weary (of something), disgusted from satiety" is from 1590s; phrase sick and tired of is attested from 1783. Meaning "mentally twisted" in modern colloquial use is from 1955, a revival of the word in this sense from 1550s (sense of "spiritually or morally corrupt" was in Old English, which also had seocmod "infirm of mind"); sick joke is from 1958.

n.

"those who are sick," Old English seoce, from sick (adj).

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sick in Medicine

sick (sĭk)
adj. sick·er, sick·est

  1. Suffering from or affected with a disease or disorder.

  2. Of or for sick persons.

  3. Nauseated.

  4. Mentally ill or disturbed.

  5. Constituting an unhealthy environment for those working or residing within, as of a building.

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Slang definitions & phrases for sick

sick

adjective
  1. (also sicko or sicksicksick) Mentally twisted; psychopathic, esp in a sadistic vein: a rapist or a sicko father who abuses his teenage daughters (1551+)
  2. Disgusted; surfeited; fed up: Sick to the gills of the Simpson trial? (1853+)
  3. (also sicko or sicksicksick) Gruesome; morbid; mentally and spiritually unhealthy: Label it S for Sicko/ He is even better at establishing a sicksicksick atmosphere (1955+)
  4. Needing a dose of narcotics (1940s+ Narcotics)
noun

The craving and misery of an addict in need of a narcotic dose (1940s+ Narcotics)

[modern use of first sense from about 1955 is probably not a survival]


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