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[luhv-sik] /ˈlʌvˌsɪk/
languishing with love:
a lovesick adolescent.
expressive of such languishing:
a lovesick note.
Origin of lovesick
First recorded in 1520-30; love + sick1
Related forms
lovesickness, noun Unabridged
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  • Do you think, you can teach me anything about lovesick night-wanderers and women?

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
  • He tells them how he became “the lovesick boy” first of one and then of another.

  • She utterly despised weaklings and had no pity for lovesick maidens.

  • She was no lovesick maid, but a woman of strong, clear perceptions.

  • I suppose you despise us as a couple of lovesick girls, Sarah?

    Husks Marion Harland
  • The tiger, however, was so lovesick that no argument had weight with him.

  • Well, after all, there is something very moving in a lovesick face.

    The Way of the World William Congreve
  • Above, on the jutting rock, sat the disconsolate, lovesick Truxton.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
  • Thet cowpuncher has been lovesick over you since you were a little girl.

British Dictionary definitions for lovesick


pining or languishing because of love
Derived Forms
lovesickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovesick

also love-sick, 1520s, from love (n.) + sick (adj.).

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