[ sik-lee ]
/ ˈsɪk li /

adjective, sick·li·er, sick·li·est.


in a sick or sickly manner.

verb (used with object), sick·lied, sick·ly·ing.

to cover with a sickly hue.

Origin of sickly

1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly

Related forms

sick·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sickly


/ (ˈsɪklɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

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

Derived Forms

sickliness, noun
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