One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Appearing ill and weak.‘a sickly-looking, skeletal boy’
yellowish, jaundiced, pallid, wan, pale, waxen, anaemic, bloodless, colourless, pasty, pasty-facedView synonyms
- ‘The girl gets malnourished and increasingly sickly-looking over time.’
- ‘His bald, sickly looking head was set upon an equally feeble frame.’
- ‘The eldest is a girl, twenty-six and very sickly looking.’
- ‘She's got a lovely light complexion, but she isn't pale or sickly looking.’
- ‘The boy, an odd and sickly-looking redhead, urges Pip to come on and fight.’
- ‘Health workers patrolled buses, ordering sickly-looking people home.’
- ‘She was a thin, pale and sickly looking girl, with dark rings under her eyes.’
- ‘The hedge was just a rather sickly looking hedge, with a number of dead trees in it, some trees showing damage.’
- ‘Hordes of sickly-looking people seated in wheelchairs or hobbling on crutches waved cancelled airplane tickets to Lourdes in the faces of weary employees.’
- ‘They say I don't fit the stereotype of a sickly-looking strict vegetarian.’
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