verb (used with object), phys·icked, phys·ick·ing.
- physic nut,
- physical allergy,
- physical anthropology,
- physical capital
Origin of physic
Examples from the Web for physic
Do not take it away; do not give me the physic of good advice.Paul Patoff|F. Marion Crawford
He said for no harm; to physic cats; what did it matter to me?Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit|Charles Dickens
Well, extremity must then be your physic; but come, you shall attire yourself in my chamber.
T is the same with physic and poetry—you take to it, or you don't take to it!The Fortunes Of Glencore|Charles James Lever
No physic, you see, or doctors in our fleet, like the lucky dogs of the Short-Blue.The Lively Poll|R.M. Ballantyne
verb -ics, -icking or -icked
Word Origin for physic
c.1300, fysike, "art of healing, medical science," also "natural science" (c.1300), from Old French fisike "natural science, art of healing" (12c.) and directly from Latin physica (fem. singular of physicus) "study of nature," from Greek physike (episteme) "(knowledge) of nature," from fem. of physikos "pertaining to nature," from physis "nature," from phyein "to bring forth, produce, make to grow" (cf. phyton "growth, plant," phyle "tribe, race," phyma "a growth, tumor") from PIE root *bheue- "to be exist, grow" (see be). Spelling with ph- attested from late 14c. (see ph). As a noun, "medicine that acts as a laxative," 1610s. The verb meaning "to dose with medicine" is attested from late 14c.