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[sik-ish] /ˈsɪk ɪʃ/
somewhat sick or ill.
somewhat sickening or nauseating.
Origin of sickish
First recorded in 1575-85; sick1 + -ish1
Related forms
sickishly, adverb
sickishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Them lilies is so sweet they are sickish," said the old grandmother.

  • 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.

  • I do not care for the Petunia close at hand on account of its sickish odor.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • Then there would be no more of that curious sickness—a kind of sickish wanting.

    Ewing\'s Lady Harry Leon Wilson
  • Rather weak and sickish this morning, and all about a piece of bread.

  • The skies were black and all the spring verdure was turned to a sickish gray-green.

    Vanguards of the Plains Margaret McCarter
  • We being very dry and hungry immediately gathered some of this fruit, but finding it of a sweet, sickish taste, I eat but two.

Word Origin and History for sickish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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