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sickish

[sik-ish]
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adjective
  1. somewhat sick or ill.
  2. somewhat sickening or nauseating.
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Origin of sickish

First recorded in 1575–85; sick1 + -ish1
Related formssick·ish·ly, adverbsick·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for sickish

Historical Examples

  • "Them lilies is so sweet they are sickish," said the old grandmother.

    Quaint Courtships

    Various

  • It had a sickish sweet odour, but that did not impress me at the time.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Mitch got pale and began to be sickish and I was scared to death.

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

  • "Why, it's—it's a sickish, acid sort of odour," said Colton hesitantly.

    The Flying Death

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Then he became aware of a curious, sweet, sickish odor in the booth.


Word Origin and History for sickish

adj.

1580s, from sick (adj.) + -ish.

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