Definition of sickie in English:

sickie

noun

informal
  • 1British A day taken as sick leave when one is not actually ill:

    ‘she took a sickie only last week and enjoyed a morning in bed’
    • ‘Having stretched out limply on the couch beckoning for hot water bottles and wishing for my mama, however, made me think about the different types of sickies there are.’
    • ‘The reason that they do is that it costs something to go to work, and when that cost is deducted, one is, under the law now, always better off to have a sickie.’
    • ‘It's estimated that British businesses lose 40m days a year through sickies, costing employers a massive £11.5bn.’
    • ‘They chucked a sickie to go to the cricket match last week.’
    • ‘If there are employees taking unnecessary sickies, then take action but do not make judgements before you have completed your research.’
    • ‘I want to call her and tell her to come over, but I wonder what she would do if she found out I had pulled a sickie.’
    • ‘The Confederation of British Industry deputy Yorkshire regional director has said that employees taking sickies would be letting themselves and colleagues down.’
    • ‘Throwing a sickie really isn't worth the risk.’
    • ‘Union plans for a campaign of planned sickies and other passive resistance were revealed in the Murdoch press last week, drawing a tough-minded response from Roo management as you can see here.’
    • ‘As each hour passed, I tried to feign health in the same way some of you healthy people take unforeseen upset stomachs when you want a sickie.’
    • ‘Which reminds of the day last December when I took a sickie from work to go for a surf at 13 th Beach.’
    • ‘The supermarket giant is piloting a scheme where it does not offer sick pay to its staff until someone is off for three days and rewards those who take no days off ill in an attempt to wipe out the sickie.’
    • ‘Mark pulled a sickie during the Davis Cup a few years back and was roundly canned by the Australian Media.’
    • ‘The only sickie I ever pulled while I was teaching was back in 1987 on a day when I needed to see sea and not kids.’
    • ‘However, even if you can't pull a sickie, the armchair revolutionaries say you can still sabotage your company.’
    • ‘The number of sickies - time off taken under the pretext of illness - rises with the onset of winter as people find it harder to get out of bed.’
    • ‘One day, I chucked an all-too familiar sickie from school, and ventured into ‘The Niteclub’ to see what was happening.’
    • ‘Another staff member is forced to take a sickie to sort out their mother's urgent financial matter afraid of being refused a request for a couple of hours off.’
    • ‘His previous high flying career as a Stock Market financial wizard, had hit the buffers, when he pulled a sickie one infamous Friday.’
    • ‘It is dishonest to take a sickie when one knows that he or she will get double pay or pay and a half.’
  • 2

    ‘her crowd of goat rapists and rich sickies’
    another word for sicko
    • ‘Why does foreign policy always attract the world class sickies and sleazeballs?’
    • ‘Oh yeah, they're all a bunch of little sickies over there!’
    • ‘Normally when I go out with friends I take my car in case I am called back home unexpectedly by the sickie, so it was nice to be driven for a change.’
    • ‘The result was a set of cinematic sickies so drenched in dread and bloodstained bodies that audiences couldn't help but be disturbed.’

Pronunciation

sickie

/ˈsɪki/