languishing with love: a lovesick adolescent.
expressive of such languishing: a lovesick note.

Origin of lovesick

First recorded in 1520–30; love + sick1
Related formslove·sick·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for lovesick

lovelorn, desiring, infatuated, languishing, yearning, pining

Examples from the Web for lovesick

Contemporary Examples of lovesick

Historical Examples of lovesick

  • Do you think, you can teach me anything about lovesick night-wanderers and women?

  • He tells them how he became “the lovesick boy” first of one and then of another.

  • She utterly despised weaklings and had no pity for lovesick maidens.

  • She was no lovesick maid, but a woman of strong, clear perceptions.

  • I suppose you despise us as a couple of lovesick girls, Sarah?


    Marion Harland

British Dictionary definitions for lovesick



pining or languishing because of love
Derived Formslovesickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovesick

also love-sick, 1520s, from love (n.) + sick (adj.).

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