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Origin of seasick

First recorded in 1560–70; sea + sick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  1. suffering from nausea and dizziness caused by the motion of a ship at sea
Derived Formsseasickness, noun
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Word Origin and History for seasick

also sea-sick, 1560s, from sea + sick (n.). Related: Seasickness.

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