Definition of be sick in US English:

be sick


  • 1Be ill.

    • ‘Till late last night, as Hans and I chatted with her in exaggerated gestures and atrocious Portuguese, she was in fine spirits, though she knew her child was sick.’
    • ‘Have you ever worried if the mutton or pork on your plate is from a healthy animal and not from one that was sick or one that was already dead before it was ‘slaughtered’?’
    • ‘In his health passport they recorded all these diagnoses and on every occasion he was given only painkillers although he was sick, weak and losing weight quite rapidly.’
    • ‘‘Standard patients’ have some medical knowledge, enabling them to imitate real patients and allow medical students to diagnose them as if they really were sick.’
    • ‘The letter stated that Tommy was sick and was unable to testify.’
    • ‘Though always busy with his work, Michael never forgot to enquire for friends who were sick, lonely or fell on hard times.’
    • ‘Five workers in the office of Deputy Chief Minister, the second highest ranking official in the state, were being treated with antibiotics, and that none were sick.’
    • ‘at 8pm tonight Mary rang up and said that she couldn't go out because her mum was sick and she didn't want to leave her at home alone.’
    • ‘As most of them were sick, we stretched out to them and ensured that all of us were safe in one place.’
    • ‘He served the Forest department and provided Medicare to several animals, which were sick and dying.’
  • 2British Vomit.

    • ‘Sometimes the child will whoop then be sick at the end of a bout of coughing.’
    • ‘He opened his mouth to announce that he was going to be sick, but the vomit rose through his throat before he could say the words.’
    • ‘Remember to allow extra time in your schedule for last minute disasters such as your baby filling his nappy / being sick on your work clothes.’
    • ‘It seems his father was sick with vomiting yesterday.’
    • ‘The washer breaking down was the most annoying thing, happening just when the baby was sick and there was five times as much laundry to do.’
    • ‘He started being sick, early hours of Sunday morning and was sick a few times during the day complaining of abdominal pains.’
    • ‘If the person has been sick, then bring a sample of the vomit too - medical staff can analyse the vomit for important information.’
    • ‘I started to keep a diary which held all my feelings and also held a record of when I felt the need to be sick and if I was sick.’
    • ‘She then turned and made for the door and then leaned out of it taking deep breaths feeling as if she were to be sick and throw up.’
    • ‘Her condition meant she never learnt to swallow or suck as a baby and would be sick as soon as she was fed.’
    • ‘He knew he was going to be sick, and took deep breaths to prevent himself from vomiting.’
    • ‘Since he was six months old, he has often been sick and vomits.’
    • ‘Walk home one night after the taxi driver threw me out because he thought I was going to be sick.’
    • ‘After flying for half an hour or so, my friend in the front seat called me on the intercom and said he was sick, getting dicey and wanting to vomit.’
    • ‘But I was sick and had to vomit several times, it would not stop.’
    vomit, throw up, retch
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