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sickly

[sik-lee]
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adjective, sick·li·er, sick·li·est.
  1. not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
  2. of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
  3. marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
  4. causing sickness.
  5. nauseating.
  6. maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
  7. faint or feeble, as light or color.
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adverb
  1. in a sick or sickly manner.
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verb (used with object), sick·lied, sick·ly·ing.
  1. to cover with a sickly hue.
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Origin of sickly

1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly
Related formssick·li·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm.
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British Dictionary definitions for sick-lied

sickly

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
  2. of, relating to, or caused by sickness
  3. (of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
  4. (of light or colour) faint or feeble
  5. mawkish; insipidsickly affectation
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adverb
  1. in a sick or sickly manner
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Derived Formssickliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sick-lied

sickly

adj.

late 14c., "ill, invalid, habitually ailing," from sick (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning "causing sickness" in any sense is from c.1600. Related: Sickliness.

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