sickly

[sik-lee]
adjective, sicklier, sickliest.
1.
not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
2.
of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
3.
marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
4.
causing sickness.
6.
maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
7.
faint or feeble, as light or color.
adverb
8.
in a sick or sickly manner.
verb (used with object), sicklied, sicklying.
9.
to cover with a sickly hue.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly

sickliness, noun


1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm.
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sickly (ˈsɪklɪ)
 
adj , -lier, -liest
1.  disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
2.  of, relating to, or caused by sickness
3.  (of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
4.  (of light or colour) faint or feeble
5.  mawkish; insipid: sickly affectation
 
adv
6.  in a sick or sickly manner
 
'sickliness
 
n

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He suffered from bronchitis and asthma and was prone to overplay his sickliness.
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