suggesting an unhealthy mental state or attitude; unwholesomely gloomy, sensitive, extreme, etc.: a morbid interest in death.
affected by, caused by, causing, or characteristic of disease.
pertaining to diseased parts: morbid anatomy.
gruesome; grisly.

Origin of morbid

1650–60; < Latin morbidus sickly, equivalent to morb(us) sickness + -idus -id4
Related formsmor·bid·ly, adverbmor·bid·ness, nounpre·mor·bid, adjectivepre·mor·bid·ly, adverbpre·mor·bid·ness, nounun·mor·bid, adjectiveun·mor·bid·ly, adverbun·mor·bid·ness, noun

Synonyms for morbid

2. unwholesome, diseased, unhealthy, sick, sickly; tainted, corrupted, vitiated.

Antonyms for morbid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for morbidly

insanely, weirdly

Examples from the Web for morbidly

Contemporary Examples of morbidly

Historical Examples of morbidly

  • I was well aware of the morbidly sensitive nature of the man.

  • She was stricken, and sensitive—so morbidly sensitive—to pity, to gossip.

  • He was sympathetic to actual pain, and had always been morbidly in awe of death.

  • But he was morbidly suspicious that every man's hand was turned against him.

    In Case of Fire

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The meeting, which he had morbidly dreaded, had brought him no comfort.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke

British Dictionary definitions for morbidly



having an unusual interest in death or unpleasant events
relating to or characterized by disease; pathologica morbid growth
Derived Formsmorbidly, adverbmorbidness, noun

Word Origin for morbid

C17: from Latin morbidus sickly, from morbus illness
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Word Origin and History for morbidly



1650s, "of the nature of a disease, indicative of a disease," from Latin morbidus "diseased," from morbus "sickness, disease, ailment, illness," from root of mori "to die," which is possibly from PIE root *mer- "to rub, pound, wear away" (cf. Sanskrit mrnati "crushes, bruises;" Greek marainein "to consume, exhaust, put out, quench," marasmus "consumption"). Transferred use, of mental states, is from 1777. Related: Morbidly; morbidness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

morbidly in Medicine




Relating to or caused by disease; pathological or diseased.
Psychologically unhealthy or unwholesome.
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