somewhat sick or ill.
somewhat sickening or nauseating.

Origin of sickish

First recorded in 1575–85; sick1 + -ish1
Related formssick·ish·ly, adverbsick·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sickish

Historical Examples of sickish

  • "Them lilies is so sweet they are sickish," said the old grandmother.

  • It had a sickish sweet odour, but that did not impress me at the time.

    The Silent Bullet

    Arthur B. Reeve

  • Mitch got pale and began to be sickish and I was scared to death.

    Mitch Miller

    Edgar Lee Masters

  • "Why, it's—it's a sickish, acid sort of odour," said Colton hesitantly.

    The Flying Death

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • Then he became aware of a curious, sweet, sickish odor in the booth.

Word Origin and History for sickish

1580s, from sick (adj.) + -ish.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper