Definition of sickroom in US English:



  • A room in a school or place of work occupied by or set apart for people who are unwell.

    • ‘Vasari states that in his old age Piero expressed his distaste for the sordid trappings of death, such as parasitic nurses, the visitations of weeping relatives, and confinement in dark sickrooms.’
    • ‘Watching the two of them should be easier than nursing half the sickroom, surely.’
    • ‘Sprinkle it about where a suspicious smell is detected - in lavatories, sickrooms, cesspools or sewers.’
    • ‘Was it last winter when my husband took a small bottle of essence of lavender to spray through the sickroom of a dying neighbor because it was said to reduce anxiety and the perception of pain?’
    • ‘I was rung from the college to say he had turned up in the sickroom there and wasn't looking too flash.’
    • ‘My bedroom was quickly converted into a sickroom.’
    • ‘On she went until she found her self in the sickrooms, walking by row upon row of white-sheeted beds and private rooms.’
    • ‘I have inside information that she is in her sickroom at the end of this hall.’
    • ‘Jack opened the door and stepped inside the sickroom.’
    • ‘At precisely this moment the film crosscuts back to the sickroom, where Gwendolyn recovers for just a moment and mumbles to her father, ‘They say you're made of money.’’
    • ‘Not waiting for the guard to finish, Mel ran towards the sickroom, with the stuttering guard and rotund matron trailing behind.’
    • ‘She guided us into the nurse's office, stopping for nothing, and sat us both gently down on a cot in one of the darkened sickrooms which was thankfully vacant.’
    • ‘When he entered the sickroom, the pungent scent irritated his nostrils, but he did not care.’
    • ‘I can remember about 12 to 14 young people who were brought to the sickroom; I never saw them again.’
    • ‘Fires were also struck in sickrooms to destroy the clothing of deceased victims.’
    • ‘She followed him out of the sickroom and down a long hall way.’
    • ‘Gerard had started walking towards the sickroom.’
    • ‘The novel's climax is utterly realistic and utterly involving - its movement out of the sickroom and into the streets of Beijing provides just the right change of perception and scale.’
    • ‘A good hour and a half later, Erial once more stepped outside the sickroom, this time not mildly irritated and hiding her slight anxiety under good-natured insults.’
    • ‘Superstition ripens into alarm when some people from town come into the sickroom talking about ‘witches flying over the barn and fearing for their daughter who has suddenly been struck dumb.’’
    infirmary, clinic, sickbay, medical centre, hospital, hospice, nursing home, convalescent home, rest home
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