- sad or depressed from a longing for home or family while away from them for a long time.
Origin of homesick
Examples from the Web for 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.The Chinese Fairy Book
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.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
The homesickness, although not as acute as on the previous night, was still in evidence.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- depressed or melancholy at being away from home and family
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.