[ sik ]
/ sɪk /
adjective, sick·er, sick·est.
afflicted with ill health or disease; ailing.
affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.
deeply affected with some unpleasant feeling, as of sorrow, disgust, or boredom: sick at heart; to be sick of parties.
mentally, morally, or emotionally deranged, corrupt, or unsound: a sick mind; wild statements that made him seem sick.
characteristic of a sick mind: sick fancies.
dwelling on or obsessed with that which is gruesome, sadistic, ghoulish, or the like; morbid: a sick comedian; sick jokes.
of, relating to, or for use during sickness: He applied for sick benefits.
accompanied by or suggestive of sickness; sickly: a sick pallor; the sick smell of disinfectant in the corridors.
not in proper condition; impaired.
Slang. great; amazing: The plot is boring but the special effects are sick!
- failing to sustain adequate harvests of some crop, usually specified: a wheat-sick soil.
- containing harmful microorganisms: a sick field.
Now Rare. menstruating.
(used with a plural verb) sick persons collectively (usually preceded by the).
Words nearby sick
Idioms for sick
call in sick, to notify one's place of employment by telephone that one will be absent from work because of being ill.
sick and tired, utterly weary; fed up: I'm sick and tired of working so hard!
sick at one's stomach, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. nauseated.
sick to one's stomach, Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. nauseated.
Origin of sick1
before 900; Middle English sik, sek, Old English sēoc; cognate with Dutch ziek, German siech, Old Norse sjūkr, Gothic siuks
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British Dictionary definitions for call in sick (1 of 2)
/ (sɪk) /
inclined or likely to vomit
- suffering from ill health
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the sick
- of, relating to, or used by people who are unwellsick benefits
- (in combination)sickroom
deeply affected with a mental or spiritual feeling akin to physical sicknesssick at heart
mentally, psychologically, or spiritually disturbed
informal delighting in or catering for the macabre or sadistic; morbidsick humour
Also: sick and tired (often foll by of) informal disgusted or weary, esp because satiatedI am sick of his everlasting laughter
(often foll by for) weary with longing; piningI am sick for my own country
pallid or sickly
not in working order
(of land) unfit for the adequate production of certain crops
look sick slang to be outclassed
an informal word for vomit
See also sick-out
Derived forms of sicksickish, adjective
Word Origin for sick
Old English sēoc; related to Old Norse skjūkr, Gothic siuks, Old High German sioh
British Dictionary definitions for call in sick (2 of 2)
/ (sɪk) /
a variant spelling of sic 2
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Medical definitions for call in sick
[ sĭk ]
Suffering from or affected with a disease or disorder.
Of or for sick persons.
Mentally ill or disturbed.
Constituting an unhealthy environment for those working or residing within, as of a building.
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Idioms and Phrases with call in sick (1 of 2)
call in sick
Telephone one's employer or school that one is ill and cannot come to work or attend. For example, Ben called in sick and told his boss he would miss the meeting. [Mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with call in sick (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with sick
- sick and tired
- sick as a dog
- sick at heart
- sick in bed
- sick joke
- sick to one's stomach
- call in sick
- get sick
- make one sick
- worried sick
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