Main definitions of sic in English

: sic1sic2

sic1

adverb

  • Used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original, as in a story must hold a child's interest and “enrich his [sic] life.”

Origin

Latin, literally so, thus.

Pronunciation:

sic

/sik/

Main definitions of sic in English

: sic1sic2

sic2

(also sick)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Set a dog or other animal on (someone)

    ‘the plan was to surprise the heck out of the grizzly by sicking the dog on him’
    • ‘You know, my agent called me up and said, ‘There's a show they're going to sic dogs on people.’’
    1. 1.1informal Set someone to pursue, keep watch on, or accompany (another)
      • ‘‘You say one more word Jane and I'll sic Katrina on you,’ Rafe snarled murderously.’
      • ‘It will be interesting to see whom Billy Donovan chooses to sic Brewer on, but whoever it is probably won't have too comfortable a night.’
      • ‘‘I swear, I'll never sic Bergman on you again,’ said Ben, between fits of laughter, and me pummelling him with a cushion.’
      • ‘As usual, I had to sic Timothy on her to get her to tell us anything, much less support her position.’
      • ‘How could this be the same politician who a decade later would sic James Watt on the nation's wilderness and prairies?’
      • ‘If it becomes too terrible I'll sic you on Marvolo, you'd like that, right?’
      • ‘Leah was jealous of how good you were for a beginner, and decided to sic Kat on you.’
      • ‘But,’ he added, ‘if you keep calling me all these fruity nicknames, I'm going to sic Luci on you.’’
      • ‘‘We should sic Chad on her for not liking Lizzie,’ Mark grinned.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: dialect variant of seek.

Pronunciation:

sic

/sik/