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[sik-ish] /ˈsɪk ɪʃ/
somewhat sick or ill.
somewhat sickening or nauseating.
Origin of sickish
1575-85; sick1 + -ish1
Related forms
sickishly, adverb
sickishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I had seen Virginia kissed by Bob Wade--and they were still singing that sickish play in there.

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • It had a sickish sweet odour, but that did not impress me at the time.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • "Them lilies is so sweet they are sickish," said the old grandmother.

  • "Why, it's—it's a sickish, acid sort of odour," said Colton hesitantly.

    The Flying Death Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • His clothed body dissolved in her immediate recognition of his flesh, and she had a sickish sensation as of life stirring in her.

    The Narrow House Evelyn Scott
  • Then he became aware of a curious, sweet, sickish odor in the booth.

  • Nothing is drunk except wine—and by wine I mainly mean champagne of the most sweetish and sickish brand obtainable.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Rather weak and sickish this morning, and all about a piece of bread.

  • Mitch got pale and began to be sickish and I was scared to death.

    Mitch Miller Edgar Lee Masters
  • It was sickish tasting stuff, and so warm it would do very well for dish-water.

    Death Valley in '49 William Lewis Manly
Word Origin and History for sickish

1580s, from sick (adj.) + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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