[ UK /sˈɪkli/ ]
[ US /ˈsɪkɫi/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. somewhat ill or prone to illness
    feeling poorly
    is unwell and can't come to work
    feeling a bit indisposed today
    my poor ailing grandmother
    a sickly child
    you look a little peaked
  2. unhealthy looking
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How To Use sickly In A Sentence

  • The wind carried the sickly smell of burnt flesh and the chemical smell of the fires. Times, Sunday Times
  • When I was a baby, my eyes were as black as my hair and I recall my brothers calling me sickly for my pale pallor, though I was never ill.
  • It will come as no surprise to their fans that the film is a phantasmagoria of sickly colours, psychedelic flourishes and jarring optical tics, all reflecting the state of mind of a character way out on the edge.
  • Without them the place was sickly quiet, but Adam was too tired to do anything about it.
  • A former drug addict and reformed hellraiser, he's on the comeback trail with a sickly song that gradually starts to work its way up the charts.
  • The violence of the past-specifically, the dreaded practice of necklacing, which mingled the smell of rubber with the ‘sickly stench of roasting human flesh’ has been eliminated.
  • We are bombarded with images of elderly people being frail and sickly.
  • The wind carried the sickly smell of burnt flesh and the chemical smell of the fires. Times, Sunday Times
  • This is strong language, but it is time, and more than time, that sickly dilettanteism should be left behind, and this gross libel on the The Doctrines of Predestination, Reprobation, and Election
  • A real man, I used to say, no matter how sickly or incapacitated, should pick up a case by its handle and carry it like a man.
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