Definition of homesick in US English:



  • Experiencing a longing for one's home during a period of absence from it.

    ‘he was homesick for America after five weeks in Europe’
    • ‘I felt homesick for a while, but then, after about four or five days, I started to love it.’
    • ‘This isn't to say that I'm homesick or anything (though I probably am, let's be honest).’
    • ‘Mike's been fortunate enough to head home about three times a year, but he's never really found himself homesick.’
    • ‘For the first two terms there I was very homesick and if anyone said anything cross to me, I'd burst into tears.’
    • ‘She still gets a bit homesick, but she says she couldn't live in the UK again.’
    • ‘Mother became homesick for her family and Dad arranged for her to take me and go to England for a visit in 1915.’
    • ‘I guess days like this make me a little homesick, especially for Amber.’
    • ‘Next month he is going to Canada to try to drum up a bit of investment among homesick Scottish Canadians.’
    • ‘He worked in Hamilton for a year, but was always homesick.’
    • ‘And then all too soon, you come home and get homesick for the other place that suddenly seems more like home.’
    • ‘I'm not homesick, exactly, although I do miss our little house and the space and privacy it provided.’
    • ‘My mother didn't want me to go and of course I was homesick, but I was doing what I always wanted to do - playing football.’
    • ‘It's all made me dreadfully homesick for Costa Rica, and for all my friends.’
    • ‘Since leaving Delhi almost four years ago, I've grown homesick for the place.’
    • ‘But one of her children is dreadfully homesick and frequently upset.’
    • ‘However, there were one and two who were a bit homesick for their old schools, but after a few weeks no doubt they will feel completely at home.’
    • ‘My first night there I, like many campers, missed my parents and became homesick.’
    • ‘When I've lived in other countries, it's what I've been most homesick for.’
    • ‘Right now I live in a place where there aren't many Native people and I am homesick.’
    • ‘But she's enjoying the taste of the big wide world even though she still gets homesick for Alice.’
    wistful, evocative, longing for the past, pining for the past, yearning for the past, romantic, sentimental, emotional about the past, regretful, dewy-eyed, maudlin
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