- comparative of sick1.
- safe from danger; secure.
- dependable; trustworthy.
- certainly; without doubt.
Origin of sicker2
- afflicted with ill health or disease; ailing.
- affected with nausea; inclined to vomit.
- deeply affected with some unpleasant feeling, as of sorrow, disgust, or boredom: sick at heart; to be sick of parties.
- mentally, morally, or emotionally deranged, corrupt, or unsound: a sick mind; wild statements that made him seem sick.
- characteristic of a sick mind: sick fancies.
- dwelling on or obsessed with that which is gruesome, sadistic, ghoulish, or the like; morbid: a sick comedian; sick jokes.
- of, relating to, or for use during sickness: He applied for sick benefits.
- accompanied by or suggestive of sickness; sickly: a sick pallor; the sick smell of disinfectant in the corridors.
- disgusted; chagrined.
- not in proper condition; impaired.
- Slang. great; amazing: The plot is boring but the special effects are sick!
- failing to sustain adequate harvests of some crop, usually specified: a wheat-sick soil.
- containing harmful microorganisms: a sick field.
- Now Rare. menstruating.
- (used with a plural verb) sick persons collectively (usually preceded by the).
- call in sick, to notify one's place of employment by telephone that one will be absent from work because of being ill.
- sick and tired, utterly weary; fed up: I'm sick and tired of working so hard!
- sick at one's stomach, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. nauseated.
- sick to one's stomach, Chiefly Northern, North Midland, and Western U.S. nauseated.
Origin of sick1
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Antonyms for sick
Related Words for sickerdisordered, indisposed, down, ailing, incurable, funny, nauseated, debilitated, invalid, wobbly, frail, imperfect, suffering, confined, impaired, peaked, ill, tottering, green, mean
Examples from the Web for sicker
Contemporary Examples of sicker
Americans are sicker and taking more pills than ever, and our doctors are miserable.Clinton Doc: This Is How We’ll Fix Health Care
June 12, 2014
The new insurance system relies on young, healthy consumers to help share the risk with older, sicker ones.How Low Will Health Care Enrollments Be? Here’s What to Watch For
November 13, 2013
Putting younger workers in the same plans forces them to subsidize the sicker and older.How Could the GOP Have Improved Obamacare?
May 10, 2013
And, as predicted by numerous professionals, they are sicker and more dangerous than when they went behind bars.Why I Fear the Aryan Brotherhood—and You Should, Too
April 1, 2013
First is this: the vaguer the dispatches, the sicker the patient.Bob Dole & George H.W. Bush Hospitalized: How to Interpret Illness of Public Figures
November 30, 2012
Historical Examples of sicker
But he never heard any music, and this, instead of calming his nerves, made him sicker.Melomaniacs
I don't say Ireland is sound, but she is no sicker than she ever was.
How, then, do you not recognize one whose heart is sicker than your own?The Lion's Brood
John tells me you were sicker than 283 people usually are at such times.The Wind Before the Dawn
Dell H. Munger
You shall be sicker yet, if you do not speak to some purpose.To Have and To Hold
- inclined or likely to vomit
- suffering from ill health
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the sick
- of, relating to, or used by people who are unwellsick benefits
- (in combination)sickroom
- deeply affected with a mental or spiritual feeling akin to physical sicknesssick at heart
- mentally, psychologically, or spiritually disturbed
- informal delighting in or catering for the macabre or sadistic; morbidsick humour
- Also: sick and tired (often foll by of) informal disgusted or weary, esp because satiatedI am sick of his everlasting laughter
- (often foll by for) weary with longing; piningI am sick for my own country
- pallid or sickly
- not in working order
- (of land) unfit for the adequate production of certain crops
- look sick slang to be outclassed
- an informal word for vomit
Word Origin for sick
- a variant spelling of sic 2
"to chase, set upon" (as in command sick him!), 1845, dialectal variant of seek. Used as an imperative to incite a dog to attack a person or animal; hence "cause to pursue." Related: Sicked; sicking.
"unwell," Old English seoc "ill, diseased, feeble, weak; corrupt; sad, troubled, deeply affected," from Proto-Germanic *seukaz, of uncertain origin. The general Germanic word (cf. Old Norse sjukr, Danish syg, Old Saxon siok, Old Frisian siak, Middle Dutch siec, Dutch ziek, Old High German sioh, Gothic siuks "sick, ill"), but in German and Dutch displaced by krank "weak, slim," probably originally with a sense of "twisted, bent" (see crank (n.)).
Restricted meaning "having an inclination to vomit, affected with nausea" is from 1610s; sense of "tired or weary (of something), disgusted from satiety" is from 1590s; phrase sick and tired of is attested from 1783. Meaning "mentally twisted" in modern colloquial use is from 1955, a revival of the word in this sense from 1550s (sense of "spiritually or morally corrupt" was in Old English, which also had seocmod "infirm of mind"); sick joke is from 1958.
"those who are sick," Old English seoce, from sick (adj).
- Suffering from or affected with a disease or disorder.
- Of or for sick persons.
- Mentally ill or disturbed.
- Constituting an unhealthy environment for those working or residing within, as of a building.
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
- call in sick
- get sick
- make one sick
- worried sick