or sick

[ sik ]
See synonyms for sic on
verb (used with object),sicced or sicked [sikt], /sɪkt/, sic·cing or sick·ing.
  1. to attack (used especially in commanding a dog): Sic 'em!

  2. to incite to attack (usually followed by on).

Origin of sic

First recorded in 1835–45; variant of seek

Other definitions for sic (2 of 5)

[ sik ]

adjectiveChiefly Scot.
  1. such.

Origin of sic

First recorded in 1400–50; Middle English (north and Scots); see such

Other definitions for sic (3 of 5)

[ seek; English sik ]

  1. so; thus: usually written parenthetically to denote that a word, phrase, passage, etc., that may appear strange or incorrect has been written intentionally or has been quoted verbatim: He signed his name as e. e. cummings (sic).

Origin of sic

First recorded in 1885–90; from Latin sīc

Words that may be confused with sic

Other definitions for SIC (4 of 5)


U.S. Government.
  1. Standard Industrial Classification: a system used by the federal government to classify business activities for analytical and reporting purposes.

Other definitions for Sic. (5 of 5)


  1. Sicilian.

  2. Sicily. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sic in a sentence

  • Helen had a limited amount of pride in Ruths success on this occasion for, as she said, she had blunderingly sicked Ruth on.

  • Everything went well until half-way to town, when Jimmy Brown sicked his dog on the goat, and then the trouble commenced.

    Billy Whiskers | Frances Trego Montgomery
  • They swarmed up the stairs an' crowded the elevators, while that doggoned Tex sicked 'em on me.

    Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine
  • The Board of Health, "sicked on by that damned woman," said that Jacky must go to the hospital—to the contagious ward.

    The Vehement Flame | Margaret Wade Campbell Deland
  • It was him that sicked them vampires on to Will here, an' we're all in for a black time on this black ribber.

    The Inca Emerald | Samuel Scoville

British Dictionary definitions for sic (1 of 3)


/ (sɪk) /

  1. 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

Origin of sic


British Dictionary definitions for sic (2 of 3)


/ (sɪk) /

verbsics, sicking or sicked (tr)
  1. to turn on or attack: used only in commands, as to a dog

  2. to urge (a dog) to attack

Origin of sic

C19: dialect variant of seek

British Dictionary definitions for sic (3 of 3)


/ (sɪk) /

determiner, adverb
  1. a Scot word for such

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Cultural definitions for 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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