adjective, sick·li·er, sick·li·est.
verb (used with object), sick·lied, sick·ly·ing.
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Example sentences from the Web for sickly
Born in 1928, Walter Tevis was a sickly, unhappy child, confined for many months to a hospital bed and dosed with addictive phenobarbital because of rheumatic heart disease.‘The Queen’s Gambit’ is a bestseller, but its author, Walter Tevis, was hardly a one-hit wonder|Michael Dirda|February 3, 2021|Washington Post
The problem, it turned out, was that the algorithms’ designers assumed that patients who spent more on health care were more sickly and needed more help.This is the Stanford vaccine algorithm that left out frontline doctors|Eileen Guo|December 21, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Bennett was sickly and needed full-time medical care, so Ada took him to an orphanage while trying to earn enough money to provide for her son by sewing for the prospectors who were the lifeblood of the violent and rough-edged Alaskan city.The Woman Who Survived Two Years Alone in the Arctic|Fiona Zublin|December 9, 2020|Ozy
Furthermore, use the bones from healthy looking game animals that you’ve taken and avoid using the bones from sickly ones.Bone broth will sustain you at home and in the wild. Here’s how to make it.|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|October 5, 2020|Popular Science
Neruda suffered from cancer, and he looked unwell, with a sickly yellow glow.
At 9:03, the second plane banked sickly toward the south tower as the world watched on television.
How did your family react to seeing you so skinny and sickly looking?Matt Bomer Tells the Personal Story Behind His Heartbreaking ‘Normal Heart’ Performance|Kevin Fallon|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A hunter comes across a sickly gorilla, too weak to defend itself from the blows of his cleaver.Already Deadly in Africa, Could Ebola Hit America Next?|Scott Bixby|April 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Seconds later my friend picked me up in front of the truck stop, his face a sickly shade of white.
If the father is old or sickly, the son sleeps near him by night, and does not leave his presence by day.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
His face was sickly, and never free from the traces of acute anxiety that was eating at his heart.
The climate of those mountains is cold rather than temperate, and less healthful than sickly.
It is the offspring of a sickly taste, a deceitful heart, and a sure proof of low breeding.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
His childhood, except when he could be rocked and sung into sickly sleep, was one long piteous wail.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay