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[sik-room, -roo m] /ˈsɪkˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
a room in which a sick person is confined.
Origin of sickroom
First recorded in 1740-50; sick1 + room Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • The door is low, your Majesty, said the servant as she entered the sickroom of the councilor.

  • They helped him to the sickroom, for he could barely trail his legs after him.

    St. Winifred's Frederic W. Farrar
  • Aunt Lydia, however, must be a good nurse, for she had made the room look quite like a sickroom.

  • The strictest attention should be paid to the ventilation of the sickroom.

  • Constance and Barbara went back to the sickroom, and Julia went downstairs to find them.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • The sickroom itself should be large and in a quiet part of the house.

  • In a few moments more, before the boy had returned with the physician, they stood again at the door of the sickroom.

    The Rector of St. Mark's Mary J. Holmes
  • While he was talking to Hugh, Nathan Hornby came and was called into the sickroom also.

    The Wind Before the Dawn Dell H. Munger
  • The sweet pale face, the widow's cap, the suit of deep black—it was long ere these came down from the sickroom.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • Shortly after, she had taken her usual place in the sickroom.

    Agatha's Husband Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
British Dictionary definitions for sickroom


/ˈsɪkˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
a room to which a person who is ill is confined
a room set aside, as in a school, for people who are taken ill
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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sickroom in Medicine

sickroom sick·room (sĭk'rōōm', -rum')
A room occupied by a sick person.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for sickroom



Unhealthy; repellent; sick: I have something to tell you. It's kind of sickroom (1970s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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