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Origin of homesick

First recorded in 1790–1800; home + sick1
Related formshome·sick·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for homesick

lonely, wistful, hankering, heartsick, missing, yearning

Examples from the Web for homesick

Contemporary Examples of homesick

  • I also found that Hofbräu-Festzelt is the tent of choice for homesick English-speakers.

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    My Two-Day Oktoberfest Bender

    Kristyn Ostman

    October 5, 2013

  • If she is at all uncomfortable or homesick, Lamb promises to take her to the nearest airport and send her back to her mom.

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    Great Weekend Reads

    Malcolm Jones, Lucy Scholes, Jacob Silverman, Drew Toal

    September 18, 2011

  • Who it helps: Homesick troops, many of them on their second, third, or even fourth deployment.

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    Don't Be a Scrooge!

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    December 16, 2009

  • She was homesick, lonely, and longed to return to the movies—a proposal nixed by the Monegasques and her spouse.

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    Last Role for Princess Grace

    Sandra McElwaine

    December 12, 2009

Historical Examples of homesick

  • I wanted you to see the last of that town under a cloud, so you might not be homesick so soon.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I guess, Tom, that we will be kept too busy to get homesick.

    The Dare Boys of 1776

    Stephen Angus Cox

  • If I hadn't been just going I'd have been too homesick for words.

    Jan and Her Job

    L. Allen Harker

  • He was going to be homesick for that cottage and its contents.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • And now I'm going to bed—well, not homesick, you know, but just 'longing a lil bit for all.'

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for homesick


  1. depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family
Derived Formshomesickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for homesick

1798, back-formation from homesickness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper