- not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
- of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
- marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
- causing sickness.
- maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
- faint or feeble, as light or color.
- in a sick or sickly manner.
- to cover with a sickly hue.
Origin of sickly
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Related Wordsmalady, ailment, imperfection, deficiency, affliction, frailty, doldrums, anxiety, pain, angst, weakness, disquiet, unease, discomfort, illness, uneasiness, despair, stroke, syndrome, cancer
Examples from the Web for sickliness
They tried to raise a cheer, but the attempt died in its own sickliness.
Who would suspect the composer's fragility and sickliness in this work?Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician
The powers of Hyde seemed to have grown with the sickliness of Jekyll.The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson
To-day some amount of sickliness and headache is bothering me, but nothing to signify….Charlotte Bront
T. Wemyss Reid
Ugliness and squalor she knew; but sickliness was new to her.Coquette
- disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
- of, relating to, or caused by sickness
- (of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
- (of light or colour) faint or feeble
- mawkish; insipidsickly affectation
- in a sick or sickly manner
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Word Origin and History for sickliness
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