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homesick

[hohm-sik]
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  1. 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 formshome·sick·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for homesick

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Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for homesick

homesick

adjective
  1. depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family
Derived Formshomesickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homesick

adj.

1798, back-formation from homesickness.

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