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[hohm-sik] /ˈhoʊmˌsɪk/
sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.
Origin of homesick
First recorded in 1790-1800; home + sick1
Related forms
homesickness, noun Unabridged
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  • I wanted you to see the last of that town under a cloud, so you might not be homesick so soon.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • I guess, Tom, that we will be kept too busy to get homesick.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • If I hadn't been just going I'd have been too homesick for words.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • He was going to be homesick for that cottage and its contents.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And now I'm going to bed—well, not homesick, you know, but just 'longing a lil bit for all.'

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • For the first time in her life she realized what it meant to be homesick.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for homesick


depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family
Derived Forms
homesickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homesick

1798, back-formation from homesickness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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