- not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
- of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
- marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
- causing sickness.
- maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
- faint or feeble, as light or color.
- in a sick or sickly manner.
- to cover with a sickly hue.
Origin of sickly
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1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm.
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Examples from the Web for sickliness
They tried to raise a cheer, but the attempt died in its own sickliness.
Who would suspect the composer's fragility and sickliness in this work?Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
The powers of Hyde seemed to have grown with the sickliness of Jekyll.The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
To-day some amount of sickliness and headache is bothering me, but nothing to signify….Charlotte Bront
T. Wemyss Reid
Ugliness and squalor she knew; but sickliness was new to her.Coquette</p>
- disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
- of, relating to, or caused by sickness
- (of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
- (of light or colour) faint or feeble
- mawkish; insipidsickly affectation
- in a sick or sickly manner
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Word Origin and History for sickliness
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