[ US /ˈsɪk/ ]
[ UK /sˈɪk/ ]
  1. deeply affected by a strong feeling
    she was sick with longing
    sat completely still, sick with envy
  2. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
    the grim task of burying the victims
    macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages
    macabre tortures conceived by madmen
    the grim aftermath of the bombing
    gruesome evidence of human sacrifice
    ghastly wounds
    a grisly murder
  3. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
    a pallid sky
    the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street
    a pale sun
    the pale (or wan) stars
    the wan light of dawn
    the pale light of a half moon
  4. having a strong distaste from surfeit
    sick to death of flattery
    gossip that makes one sick
    fed up with their complaints
    grew more and more disgusted
    sick of it all
    tired of the noise and smoke
  5. affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
    ill from the monotony of his suffering
  6. affected with madness or insanity
    a man who had gone mad
  7. feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
  1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
    The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night
    After drinking too much, the students vomited
    He purged continuously
  1. people who are sick
    they devote their lives to caring for the sick
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How To Use sick In A Sentence

  • A few people were crying, and one girl was very sick and puking, but most people tried to stay calm.
  • Patients with primary infection tend to be clinically ‘sicker’ than those who are reinfected.
  • So the girl was out of bondage, but Cadwaladr, sick with humiliation and rage, must come under guard to be handed over for a price to the brother who discarded and misprized him. His Disposition
  • To equate Tim McVeigh as a patriot is the mark of a sick and disturbed mind. Think Progress » Fox News host Julie Banderas
  • Peter said, signaling to the waiter: "When I got that letter from Mrs. Dawson I felt sick, positively _sick_. Working Murder
  • He infected mice and rabbits with Trypanosoma gondii, the parasite responsible for the dreaded sleeping sickness, then injected the animals with chemical derivatives to determine if any of them could halt the infection. The Emperor of All Maladies
  • The deep grief and guilt of the mother as well as the hatred and home-sickness of the daughter permeate the story and eventually melt away due to the abiding family love.
  • I compassionated him, and sometimes felt a wish to console him; but when I looked upon him, when I saw the filthy mass that moved and talked, my heart sickened, and my feelings were altered to those of horror and hatred. Chapter 17
  • Loss of appetite is a symptom of mountain sickness. Times, Sunday Times
  • The altitiude sickness and diamox can suppository alkalinization of the urine, decreased melt excretion, and unsafe hypercalciuria. Wii-volution
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