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sickly

[sik-lee] /ˈsɪk li/
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 of sickly
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly
Related forms
sickliness, noun
Synonyms
1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm.
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Examples from the Web for sickliness
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  • Who would suspect the composer's fragility and sickliness in this work?

  • They tried to raise a cheer, but the attempt died in its own sickliness.

  • The Gaffer, moreover, consented to swallow a basin of gruel with just a dash of spirits in it to take away the sickliness of it.

    North, South and Over the Sea M.E. Francis (Mrs. Francis Blundell)
  • The powers of Hyde seemed to have grown with the sickliness of Jekyll.

  • Amidst the sickliness and wane of things, neither poet nor saint survives his laurel for more than a day.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
  • To-day some amount of sickliness and headache is bothering me, but nothing to signify….

    Charlotte Bront T. Wemyss Reid
  • She drew by a certain warm charm of personality that repelled in closer quarters by its odours of sickliness.

    A Woman of Genius Mary Austin
  • Ugliness and squalor she knew; but sickliness was new to her.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • I awoke, however, with a feeling of sickliness, which was speedily succeeded by one of horror.

    Cressy and Poictiers John G. (John George) Edgar
  • His complexion was pale almost to sickliness; his figure, which did not rise above the middle height, was slender and bony.

British Dictionary definitions for sickliness

sickly

/ˈsɪklɪ/
adjective -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
adverb
6.
in a sick or sickly manner
Derived Forms
sickliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sickliness

sickly

adj.

late 14c., "ill, invalid, habitually ailing," from sick (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "causing sickness" in any sense is from c.1600. Related: Sickliness.

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