not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
faint or feeble, as light or color.
in a sick or sickly manner.
verb (used with object) 9.
to cover with a sickly hue.
Origin: 1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly Related forms
(adj.). See sick1
1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm.