sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.

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. 2019

Related Words for homesickness

loneliness, longing, isolation, alienation, unhappiness, rootlessness

Examples from the Web for homesickness

Historical Examples of homesickness

  • She'd die of homesickness, and I know she'll never consent to leave me.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • “When our lords have once been seized with homesickness, then we may hold them no longer,” said they.

  • I surrendered to the wave of homesickness that swept over me.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Mrs. Dudley said to herself that the homesickness must have passed with the journey.

  • The homesickness, although not as acute as on the previous night, was still in evidence.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for homesickness



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

1756, translating German heimweh, from Heim "home" + Weh "woe, pain;" the compound is from Swiss dialect, expressing the longing for the mountains. The word was introduced to other European languages 17c. by Swiss mercenaries.



1798, back-formation from homesickness.

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