Main definitions of sick in English

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sick1

adjective

  • 1Affected by physical or mental illness.

    ‘nursing very sick children’
    ‘we were sick with bronchitis’
    ‘visiting the sick and the elderly’
    • ‘He is always calling in sick with medically astounding symptoms, or making up increasingly implausible excuses not to come in.’
    • ‘He felt physically sick with anger and betrayal but he stayed cool.’
    • ‘The end results were anything but pleasant for Niko who spent a week after the incident in the hospital ward sick with fever and poison from snakes bite.’
    • ‘Fifteen to twenty percent of the elderly who are sick with pneumococci die from this infection, so it is well worth preventing.’
    • ‘He went back to the hotel that night and 22nd February he then became very sick with difficulty breathing, and went to the hospital in Hong Kong.’
    • ‘Several staff members were already off sick with the flu.’
    • ‘Every year, eight million people become sick with TB, 80 per cent of whom are in 22 high burden countries.’
    • ‘Olwen Jones sued Sandwell Council where she worked at a training centre until 1995 when she went off sick with anxiety and depression and never returned to work.’
    • ‘Speaking to the Evening Press, the woman, who comes from the Malton area, said the attack had left her feeling physically sick with worry as she has to walk the same route every day.’
    • ‘John was a dedicated family doctor who, I later learned, was too busy looking after the many people sick with influenza in his practice to look after his own health.’
    • ‘I recalled having a bit when sick with fever, for it was rumored to be medicinal; I nearly grew sicker because of it.’
    • ‘Seth is really sick with bronchitis, but its definitely not that.’
    • ‘So far, the people who have gotten sick with this potentially lethal virus seem to have caught it from infected birds.’
    • ‘When we tried to track him down we discovered that he had been off sick for four weeks, yet this was not known to the departments that relied on him for results, and no alternative arrangements had been put in place.’
    • ‘What about those tales where the whole ship falls sick with some incurable disease?’
    • ‘High rates of HIV infection have also contributed to the crisis, with many farmers too sick with AIDS to plant or tend their crops.’
    • ‘Masterson said he was suspended for two days without pay and with no prior notice after the company claimed he had inappropriately taken two days off sick.’
    • ‘Krista's sick with strep-throat or something, so she didn't come to school today.’
    • ‘Following his admission to the hospital, approximately 20 hospital staff became sick with similar symptoms.’
    • ‘A city council which requires employees to call a nurse when they take time off sick said yesterday the approach was helping cut absenteeism.’
    ill, unwell, poorly, ailing, indisposed, laid up, bad, out of sorts, not oneself
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    1. 1.1 Relating to those who are ill.
      ‘the company organized a sick fund for its workers’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the Guild will be holding it's annual door to door collection in the parish next month to help fund the sending of sick parishioners on the Pilgrimage.’
      • ‘The veterinary charity, the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals, wants people in Cumbria to take the Challenge of a Lifetime and help to raise funds to treat sick and injured pets.’
      • ‘He says he did not benefit directly, as the money was channelled to a trust fund for a sick relative via a family trust fund.’
      • ‘In the savage factory working conditions of the time, he introduced the novel concepts of steady wages, clean, humane conditions and a sick fund.’
      • ‘The workhouse was built within the current grounds of Daisy Hill in 1841 to provide accommodation for the poorly and sick in the area.’
      • ‘The funds raised will provide vital free veterinary treatment to the sick and injured pets of people in need.’
      • ‘‘The bargaining council is once again at risk of collapsing, which would mean no more provident or sick fund for workers,’ he said.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Health provides for those who do not receive care from a sick fund.’
      • ‘She didn't fall for any of those phony ‘help-the-homeless’ funds that the sick hedonists kept trying to sell to dupes.’
      • ‘The sick fund refused to reimburse in each case: In Kohll this was because it saw no basis for exceptional treatment abroad.’
    2. 1.2 (of an organization, system, or society) suffering from serious problems, especially of a financial nature.
      ‘their economy remains sick’
      • ‘Whatever the continuing vitality to be found in the villages, the larger political and economic systems are sick.’
      • ‘What kind of sick society is it, in these refugee camps, that a mother could condone the suicide, at any age, of her son?’
      • ‘They say that a sick society cleanses itself this way.’
      • ‘We are transforming a once very sick society into a hopeful place.’
      • ‘It seems to me that the problems of asylum seekers, the growing divide between rich and poor and the rise in litigation are all symptoms of a sick society.’
      • ‘How sick is the society which produces such levels of anger, frustration and destructive energy?’
      • ‘Another resolution inviting all sick societies to remove their lodges from the public houses to the schools was also carried.’
      • ‘You cannot design the crime and disorder out of our sick society.’
      • ‘The principle that the government can and should run a deficit to stimulate a sick economy was first propounded by John Maynard Keynes.’
      • ‘The Associated Press has become a very sick organization.’
      • ‘The recent events are nothing but reflections of a sick society where rampant corruption, political vendetta and laxity in criminal justice are the order of the day.’
      • ‘What sort of a sick society are we living in, where a rape victim has to cover her face?’
      • ‘Our sick society and stupid economics are dragging the planet to the edge of apocalypse.’
      • ‘Her belief that capitalism is a sick system remained undiminished, and she believed a better world was desirable but wasn't sure it was achievable.’
      • ‘We live in a really sad and sick society and obviously ~ no one cares.’
      • ‘You are a part of a sick system that hates innovations.’
      • ‘It's a sick system, and many in the medical profession realise that it has to change.’
      • ‘Still, what can be wrong with applying classical music as an unguent to the sores of a sick society?’
      • ‘Laughter is the best medicine for a sick society.’
      • ‘Other Ministers own property abroad, and to give them these payouts on the grounds that they have ‘incurred debts’ is a sign of a very sick society.’
    3. 1.3archaic Pining or longing for someone or something.
      ‘he was sick for a sight of her’
  • 2[predicative] Feeling nauseous and wanting to vomit.

    ‘he was starting to feel sick’
    ‘Mark felt sick with fear’
    • ‘Recalling his first trip in the air, Tu said he felt very sick and even vomited.’
    • ‘She ran to her bathroom and vomited, relieving the sick sensation a bit, but not entirely.’
    • ‘On the morning of October 17, 1999, Wei sent his wife to Renji Hospital, when Zhou became extremely sick and started vomiting.’
    nauseous, nauseated, queasy, bilious, sick to one's stomach, green, green about the gills
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    1. 2.1[attributive] (of an emotion) so intense as to cause one to feel unwell or nauseous.
      ‘he had a sick fear of returning’
      • ‘Do they derive some form of sick pleasure from seeing a stranger humiliate their child/friends on public television?’
      • ‘I don't want to enter the dark, broken-down rooms because I get this sick feeling in my gut.’
      • ‘Yes, it would be part - my guess is that somebody - part of the whole kind of sick thrill.’
      • ‘I was interviewed for this programme, but I listened to it with mounting horror and a sick feeling in my stomach.’
      • ‘Anyone who has ever come home to the sick feeling of being broken into will know that this is a crime that can cause lasting upset and unease.’
      • ‘In fact, it is the hunters who tend to be violent as they become enraged at being denied the sick pleasure of killing wildlife and take out their aggression on the saboteurs.’
      • ‘I have witnessed institutional racism throughout my life, especially in places you would least expect it, and each time it happens I get a deep sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.’
      • ‘A scared face looked back at her, and a lonely and sick emotion filled the eyes of that face.’
      • ‘The teacher walked in and the pride that I had felt a moment before suddenly turned into a feeling of pure sick terror.’
      • ‘Now he knew better, though Taylor still felt the sick feeling of envy creep in him whenever he visited the Moretti household.’
      • ‘I hated the sick feeling that that gave me, and I was so so tired of doubting myself.’
      • ‘Their lives are forfeit for the few hours of sick pleasure their agonies grant those who hunt them.’
      • ‘The sick feeling returned to him again and he knew it would be setting up shop for quite awhile now.’
      • ‘We've outlawed badger-baiters and dog-fighters for their sick pleasure in torturing animals, and we can only hope foxhunting will go the same way.’
      • ‘My father, who fought in the First World War, described fear as not so much a sick feeling as a heightening of the senses.’
      • ‘Decades later the pounding he took is still vivid enough for him to wonder what kind of sick pleasure his teacher took in seeing him nearly killed.’
      • ‘It's a funny / sick feeling that you get when you're invited to an ex-lover's wedding.’
      • ‘A sick thrill of excitement travelled through his body.’
      • ‘My past simply heightens my nausea, but doesn't create and sustain the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that rises throughout the day.’
      • ‘Did it give you some kind of sick thrill to write about the little crime spree that you created?’
    2. 2.2informal Disappointed, mortified, or miserable.
      ‘he looked pretty sick at that, but he eventually agreed’
      • ‘There is something inherently sick about seeking to profit from deceit.’
      • ‘Ben Stiller has confessed he is worried sick about providing his daughter with a ‘normal life’.’
      • ‘He felt slightly sick about what he was about to do.’
      • ‘Well, we know that many of you are worried sick about the pets that you were forced to leave behind.’
      • ‘To be honest, I feel so sick about the whole thing that even the memory of the try I scored does nothing to relieve the gloom.’
      • ‘Tell Luca the second he gets home that I am very worried and sick about this situation.’
      • ‘There must be individuals there who feel sick about Howard's cynical exploitation of the Australian peoples' ignorance about refuges and fears of invasion.’
      • ‘He is worried sick about her safety, since the disappearance of the Shadow Melters began.’
      • ‘Barney is very timid and we are worried sick about him.’
      • ‘It was only then that I realized that him and Robbie were in the same boat together; both worried sick about us.’
      • ‘Your grandmother is worried sick about you, and to tell you the truth it's been long since I've seen her worried about anyone but Jasmine and her siblings.’
      • ‘Now even he was beginning to feel sick about this.’
      • ‘Some members of our association are worried sick about how they are going to survive.’
      • ‘She just found out about her Dad, and I'm sure she's worried sick about you.’
      • ‘It made you feel confused, fascinated, terrified and sick, but never passive or disappointed.’
      • ‘Even when the flu symptoms subside, Minnis should feel sick about the money that slipped through his normally reliable hands.’
      • ‘Like the mainstream in Britain and the US, Middle Australia is worried sick about declining values, the threat to national security and the future of their children.’
      • ‘But just doing the best we can and that the owners, of course, are sick about it.’
      • ‘You must be worried sick about me by now, I'm sorry I wasn't able to write or call you earlier.’
      • ‘Why did my mom have to pretend that she wasn't worried sick about the fact that her daughter was thousands of miles away?’
      disappointed, miserable, depressed, dejected, despondent, downcast, disconsolate, unhappy, low-spirited, distressed
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  • 3sick of[predicative] Intensely annoyed with or bored by (someone or something) as a result of having had too much of them.

    ‘I'm absolutely sick of your moods’
    fed up with, bored by, bored with, tired of, weary of, jaded by, jaded with, surfeited by, surfeited with, satiated with, glutted by, glutted with
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  • 4informal (especially of humor) having something unpleasant such as death, illness, or misfortune as its subject and dealing with it in an offensive way.

    ‘this was someone's idea of a sick joke’
    • ‘For those with a sick sense of humour, say no more; this is your kind of movie.’
    • ‘The most promising lead turned out to be a sick joke when I found myself bleakly staring down at some bird food.’
    • ‘I'm essentially a decent enough guy, but I'll readily admit to possessing a bit of a sick sense of humour.’
    • ‘The sick charm of Keller is that he really does seem like a normal everyday person.’
    • ‘An election in which the names of the candidates in the various lists are still not known 18 days before the polls open is a sick joke, not an election.’
    • ‘Humour dressed-up in combat fatigues: poor excuse for a sick joke?’
    • ‘‘Someone out there has a really sick sense of humour,’ I said mostly to myself.’
    • ‘After every disaster or horrible murder there is a rush of sick jokes.’
    • ‘Until the foreign armies leave the country, the idea that it has been liberated is little more than a sick joke.’
    • ‘This is one of the first tragic news events that has not been immediately followed by a round of sick jokes.’
    • ‘It sounds same-old-same-old, but let me assure you that Mancini crams as much daft humour and sick jokes in as possible.’
    • ‘We're also unmistakably in David Cronenberg territory here, but without the sick humour that usually goes with it.’
    • ‘The symbolic center of the film industry, Hollywood Boulevard has long been Los Angeles' secret, sick joke on hopeful tourists.’
    • ‘Laughing at his own sick humour, Suarez ascended to the second level of the house, more designed to live in than the level below.’
    • ‘A council worker is facing the threat of disciplinary action after being caught searching the internet for sick jokes about the Asian tsunami.’
    • ‘Whoever named this building had a sick sense of humour.’
    • ‘The ‘no patient services would be cut’ line is a sick joke.’
    • ‘The idea that the war has made the world a safer place is a sick joke.’
    • ‘Dominic and I share a sick sense of humour, what can I say?’
    • ‘Are you guys collaborating on any other sick jokes that we should know about?’
    macabre, black, ghoulish, morbid, perverted, gruesome, sadistic, cruel, offensive
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    1. 4.1 (of a person) having abnormal or unnatural tendencies; perverted.
      ‘he is a deeply sick man from whom society needs to be protected’
      • ‘There's too many sick people in the streets and not enough cops.’
      • ‘But if you use that as an excuse to inflict pain on them, then you are sick and sadistic and motivated solely by bigotry.’
      • ‘Apparently, there were some bogus calls that were made in to try and - you know, for whatever reason, some sick people would do that.’
      • ‘They are sick and depraved and have convinced themselves they are right and the rest of us are wrong.’
      • ‘These are very sick people to do this, and a message needs to go out.’
      • ‘We think a serial killer is an intelligent, sick person who targets his victims carefully like Dr. Hannibal Lecter played by Anthony Hopkins.’
  • 5informal Excellent.

    ‘it was a sick party and there were tons of cool people there’

noun

British
informal
  • Vomit.

    • ‘The group are taken on a tour of Wimbledon tennis centre where they are made to wear all white and are force fed strawberries until they vomit red sick.’
    • ‘So, while I cleaned cat sick off the carpet Paul headed off home to finish putting his kitchen back together now that the painting is finished.’
    • ‘I arrived downstairs find to both cats outside and a pile of sick in the middle of the sitting room carpet.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]sick something up
British
informal
  • Bring something up by vomiting.

Phrases

  • be sick

    • 1Be ill.

      • ‘The letter stated that Tommy was sick and was unable to testify.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He served the Forest department and provided Medicare to several animals, which were sick and dying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As most of them were sick, we stretched out to them and ensured that all of us were safe in one place.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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’?’
      • ‘Though always busy with his work, Michael never forgot to enquire for friends who were sick, lonely or fell on hard times.’
    • 2Vomit.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems his father was sick with vomiting yesterday.’
      • ‘But I was sick and had to vomit several times, it would not stop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knew he was going to be sick, and took deep breaths to prevent himself from vomiting.’
      vomit, throw up, retch
      cough up, bring up, regurgitate
      heave, gag
      get sick
      chunder, chuck up, hurl, spew, do the technicolor yawn, keck, ralph
      honk, sick up
      boke
      spit up, barf, upchuck, toss one's cookies, blow chunks
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  • fall (or take) sick

    • Become ill.

      • ‘When they fall sick they have no option but to pay €38 to the doctor for a five-minute visit before being fleeced by the pharmacists, even if they have nothing more threatening than a cold.’
      • ‘Missing a key nutrient, an animal may fall sick, then appear to be cured when the missing compound is administered.’
      • ‘American hamburgers have been demonized in recent years when people across the USA fall sick from contaminated beef.’
      • ‘Religion plays a dominant role in daily life and the country's 5,000-odd Buddhist monks are often called for ceremonies on auspicious occasions such as house-warmings or when people fall sick.’
      • ‘Today, Britain is the last place in Europe that any man or woman would want to fall sick,’ he said.’
      • ‘Lucknow in January is not the best place to fall sick in.’
      • ‘If a team member should fall sick or suddenly not be able to compete, the alternate will fill the slot.’
      • ‘Some of the children fall sick due to hazardous work but they are not offered treatment facilities.’
      • ‘Those who fall sick or complain about unfair treatment risk getting deported.’
      • ‘Instead, they ordered two ships, including a destroyer, to trail the trawler on its three-week fishing trip to Iceland and to intercept any distress calls should a crew member fall sick.’
  • get sick

    • 1Become ill.

      • ‘Yes, squirrels, like humans, get sick and can be infected by a variety of parasites, bacteria, and viruses.’
      • ‘People buy health insurance because they don't know whether they will get sick.’
    • 2Vomit.

  • make someone sick

    • 1Cause someone to vomit or feel nauseous or unwell.

      ‘sherry makes me sick and so do cigars’
      • ‘It wasn't that he was afraid of blood, on the contrary, but too much blood, exposed organs, and raw flesh with that nauseous stench could already make him sick.’
      • ‘The smell made Eric sick, increasing the urge to vomit up his unfinished meal.’
      1. 1.1Cause someone to feel intense annoyance or disgust.
        ‘you're so damned self-righteous you make me sick!’
        • ‘This is disgusting, makes me sick to my stomach.’
        • ‘Some patients died during aversion therapy after choking on their own vomit when therapists utilised disgusting sexual imagery to make them sick.’
        • ‘She bit her lip and clenched her fists tightly, trying to chase away the memories and the sensations that made her sick with shame and disgust.’
        • ‘It was making her sick and disgusted just looking at them.’
  • —— oneself sick

    • Do something to such an extent that one feels nauseous or unwell (often used for emphasis)

      ‘she was worrying herself sick about Mike’
      • ‘A mother or father who is already suffering an agonising death from cancer, worrying themselves sick about what will happen to their family, when there is no one left to bring home the bacon.’
      • ‘You must stop crying or you will make yourself sick.’
      • ‘It's a good thing you can't buy fabulous durians in Australia, or I'd be making myself sick on the weekends.’
      • ‘Don't tell me ladies that you don't know someone who's gone bankrupt in the last year or so - I know you do - and you worry yourself sick about them.’
      • ‘‘You're making yourself sick,’ he said sympathetically.’
      • ‘But it really worries me when I hear that young people are starving themselves sick to get thin.’
      • ‘Employees in many Montreal nail salons may be working themselves sick.’
      • ‘Some women make themselves sick trying to be ‘ladylike’.’
      • ‘It's possible to make yourself sick, or at least slightly nauseous by overdoing it though.’
      • ‘A disturbing 57% had indulged in binge eating, making themselves sick or cutting themselves.’
  • sick and tired of

    • informal Annoyed about or bored with (someone or something) and unwilling to put up with them any longer.

      ‘I am sick and tired of all the criticism’
      • ‘I am sick and tired of being told what might and what might not happen.’
      • ‘I am sick and tired of my four-year-old son coming into the house with soiled shoes and having to clean the mess off the carpets.’
      • ‘People are flat out sick and tired of losing their jobs to cheaper foreign labor.’
      • ‘I for one am sick and tired of sensationalist reporting by all branches of the media to sell papers or boost ratings on TV.’
      • ‘They are sick and tired of government officials who change their position every time there is trouble.’
      • ‘My guess is that he's sick and tired of people trying to blame him for their own cruelty and stupidity.’
      • ‘We are sick and tired of the cry nothing can be done about it.’
      • ‘I'm sick and tired of people constantly chipping away at our most sacred institution.’
      • ‘I got sick and tired of people arguing about which kind of bird was called what.’
      • ‘I am sick and tired of people telling me how noble this cause is.’
  • (as) sick as a dog

    • informal Extremely ill.

      • ‘I have been sick as a dog - still have the bronchitis going, but the worst part is an unbelievably sore throat - so bad that I literally cannot swallow, talk, etc.’
      • ‘But as little as I like him, I don't think he'd have been willing to make himself sick as a dog just for a little personal drama.’
      • ‘What amazed me was he was sick as a dog, but if a school was coming the next day, he'd put on his suit and get out there.’
      • ‘That night, Zach was looking better, but still sick as a dog.’
      • ‘I did not write any more this week because I was sick as a dog.’
      • ‘I've spent the last week trying to do as little as possible, because I've been sick as a dog.’
      • ‘I arrived sick as a dog and played the first few games with a high fever, mowing everyone down with unnerving ease.’
      • ‘Back in the saddle again, after being sick as a dog all week.’
      • ‘At times, when I was lying on my hospital bed being pumped full of chemotherapy drugs that made me as sick as a dog and caused my hair to fall out, I used to close my eyes and dream I was somewhere else.’
      • ‘Yeah well, I spent the next two days sick as a dog, and Nurse Hatchmore found our why.’
  • (as) sick as a parrot

    • informal Extremely disappointed.

      • ‘I must admit when Wakerdine suffered his groin injury so soon after the transfer of Edmunds I was feeling as sick as a parrot, but then we've always had a strong reserve line-up so even then I was hoping for a result.’
      • ‘Computer users who fall for this trick will be feeling as sick as a parrot when their bank accounts are emptied and they find they have become the victim of identity fraudsters.’
      • ‘It's a fair bet that the husband was sick as a parrot when he found out he had missed the first half of the season.’
      • ‘Dave, should have looked as sick as a parrot, but instead beamed a ghastly smile as he enthused about the prospect of Team GB entering a British Football Team into the 2012 Olympic Games.’
      • ‘‘I really am, as the old cliché goes, sick as a parrot because I really do think it was three points missed and at this stage of the season we need three points, nothing more, nothing less,’ he said.’
      • ‘‘The only thing that has made Ciarán sick as a parrot is Ireland's defeat against Spain in the World Cup,’ said Margaret.’
  • the sick man of ——

    • A country that is politically or economically unsound, especially in comparison with its neighbors in the region specified.

      ‘the country had been the sick man of Europe for too long’
      • ‘The Bulldogs on the other hand, now stand out as the sick man of the AFL.’
      • ‘‘For an emergent tiger economy, the Philippines is back once more to being the sick man of Asia,’ she said.’
      • ‘Many is the occasion that I have lauded the economy's transformation from the dire days of the 1970s, when Britain was the sick man of Europe.’
      • ‘For too long, Germany has faced the ignominy of being the sick man of Europe.’
      • ‘If we are not careful, Britain will again be the sick man of Europe, and the progress of the last 20 years will be lost.’
      • ‘Indonesia remains the sick man of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations).’
      • ‘Today, Europe again looks like the sick man of the global economy.’
      • ‘Its rise from the sick man of Europe to the rich man in less than a generation is an amazing story, says Friedman.’
      • ‘Britain remained the sick man of Europe, its output per worker growing by only 2.5 per cent per annum.’
      • ‘Sema is best left alone until it can demonstrate that it is no longer the sick man of the industry.’
  • sick to death of

    • informal Annoyed about or bored with (someone or something) and unwilling to put up with them any longer.

      ‘I am sick to death of being told that this is our fault’
  • sick to one's stomach

    • 1Nauseous.

      • ‘Radiation and chemotherapy can make you feel tired and sick to your stomach.’
      • ‘If you use IV medicines, you might feel sleepy or a little sick to your stomach.’
      • ‘My hands were wrapped around my stomach, for some reason I was sick to my stomach.’
      • ‘Getting sick to your stomach and throwing up when nervous is your body's way of telling you that you are over-stressed.’
      • ‘I catch a glimpse of Lizzy through their living room window, and I get sick to my stomach.’
      • ‘Regular birth control pills make some women feel sick to their stomach.’
      • ‘That feeling in her stomach was back and she felt weak and sick to her stomach.’
      • ‘Drink too much - as little as two cups - and you may feel restless, nervous, unable to sleep, even sick to your stomach.’
      • ‘The pain is worse but I am no longer as sick to my stomach as I have been for the last several months.’
      • ‘At what point does the rollercoaster ride stop being a thrill and simply make you sick to your stomach?’
      1. 1.1Disgusted.
        • ‘Maybe next year's renewal rates won't make you sick to your stomach.’
        • ‘All of a sudden, this devil masquerading as a human being had a face, and it made me sick to my stomach.’
        • ‘So I look at those pictures, and I feel sick to my stomach.’
        • ‘Now I feel sick to my stomach and I can't seem to stop hating my friend.’
        • ‘You know you might get a fever and maybe even feel sick to your stomach after that.’
        • ‘I felt sick to my stomach, I was trembling with disgust.’
        • ‘It was disgusting and I felt sick to my stomach but I heard a pair of voices coming from inside.’
        • ‘This disgusted her and made her sick to her stomach.’
        • ‘After reading that interview and never once seeing a pointed question, I am sick to my stomach.’
        • ‘This system is wrecking children's lives and it makes me sick to my stomach.’

Origin

Old English sēoc affected by illness of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ziek and German siech.

Pronunciation:

sick

/sik/

Main definitions of sick in English

: sick1sick2

sick2

verb

  • variant of sic
    • ‘Sure some of the people would run after us with their guns or throw rocks or sick their dogs on us but it was fun.’
    • ‘Sparrow was so offended, he recalled, that ‘I nearly sicked my dog on him,’ but his mother intervened, establishing a selling price that was ‘high enough, so I wasn't mad at her.’’

Pronunciation:

sick

/sik/