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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
1790-1800; home + sick1
Related forms
homesickness, noun Unabridged
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  • I don't know where or what this Santa Lucia thing is, but she most made me homesick to go back there.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • He is a dyspeptic being, homesick and desponding, but he is a man.

    David Fleming's Forgiveness Margaret Murray Robertson
  • Did Tode feel dreary and homesick, lost in the whizzing strangeness, sorry he had come?

    Three People Pansy
  • For the first time it occurred to me that I should be homesick for that river after I left it.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • That evening Faith found her friend both discouraged and homesick.

    Rilla of the Lighthouse Grace May North
  • But how glad I was that he did not notice that I was homesick!

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
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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