sick

1
[ sik ]
/ sɪk /
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adjective, sick·er, sick·est.

noun

(used with a plural verb) sick persons collectively (usually preceded by the).

Idioms

Origin of sick

1
before 900; Middle English sik, sek, Old English sēoc; cognate with Dutch ziek, German siech, Old Norse sjūkr, Gothic siuks

Definition for sick (2 of 3)

sick

2
[ sik ]
/ sɪk /

verb (used with object)

Definition for sick (3 of 3)

sic

1

or sick

[ sik ]
/ sɪk /

verb (used with object), sicced or sicked [sikt] /sɪkt/, sic·cing or sick·ing.

to attack (used especially in commanding a dog): Sic 'em!
to incite to attack (usually followed by on).

Origin of sic

1
First recorded in 1835–45; variant of seek
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British Dictionary definitions for sick (1 of 5)

sick

1
/ (sɪk) /

adjective

noun, verb

an informal word for vomit
See also sick-out
Derived Formssickish, adjective

Word Origin for sick

Old English sēoc; related to Old Norse skjūkr, Gothic siuks, Old High German sioh

British Dictionary definitions for sick (2 of 5)

sick

2
/ (sɪk) /

verb

a variant spelling of sic 2

British Dictionary definitions for sick (3 of 5)

sic

1
/ (sɪk) /

adverb

so or thus: inserted in brackets in a written or printed text to indicate that an odd or questionable reading is what was actually written or printed

Word Origin for sic

Latin

British Dictionary definitions for sick (4 of 5)

sic

2
/ (sɪk) /

verb sics, sicking or sicked (tr)

to turn on or attack: used only in commands, as to a dog
to urge (a dog) to attack

Word Origin for sic

C19: dialect variant of seek

British Dictionary definitions for sick (5 of 5)

sic

3
/ (sɪk) /

determiner, adverb

a Scot word for such
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Medicine definitions for sick

sick

[ sĭk ]

adj.

Suffering from or affected with a disease or disorder.
Of or for sick persons.
Nauseated.
Mentally ill or disturbed.
Constituting an unhealthy environment for those working or residing within, as of a building.
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Culture definitions for sick

sic


A Latin word for “thus,” used to indicate that an apparent error is part of quoted material and not an editorial mistake: “The learned geographer asserts that ‘the capital of the United States is Washingtown [sic].’”

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Idioms and Phrases with sick

sick


In addition to the idioms beginning with sick

  • sick and tired
  • sick as a dog
  • sick at heart
  • sick in bed
  • sick joke
  • sick to one's stomach

also see:

  • call in sick
  • get sick
  • make one sick
  • worried sick
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