sick bay



a hospital or dispensary, especially aboard ship.

Origin of sick bay

First recorded in 1805–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for sick-bay

hospital, dispensary, sickroom

Examples from the Web for sick-bay

Historical Examples of sick-bay

  • The doctor ordered him to be put into a hammock in the sick-bay.

    True Blue

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I went accordingly to his cot in the sick-bay, and told him who I was.

  • The boy—for he was but little more—lay in a cot in the sick-bay.

  • An hour later Hyrst lay on the padded table in the middle of the sick-bay.

    The Legion of Lazarus

    Edmond Hamilton

  • He knew that he was in the ship's sick-bay, and that Lawler and other men were there, too.

    Big Pill

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

Word Origin and History for sick-bay

"forepart of a ship's main deck used as a hospital," 1580s, from sick (adj.) + bay (n.2), from the notion of a recessed space.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper