noun, plural sick·os.Slang.
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ABOUT THIS WORD
What does sicko mean?
Where did sicko come from?
Sicko is based on sick, which has described someone as “perverted” or “repugnant” since Old English. It features the suffix -o, used in other such insulting slang terms for people as weirdo, wino, and pinko. The term was recorded in 1977, preceded by sickie and sicknik.
In 2007, Michael Moore released his documentary, Sicko, about problems with the U.S. healthcare system. Elsewhere in politics, sicko has also become a popular way for some armchair critics to characterize Donald Trump since his election in 2016, although Trump himself notably called the February 2018 Parkland, Florida school shooter a sicko.
In 2018, rapper Travis Scott gave sicko a massive signal boost with his Billboard #1 single “Sicko Mode,” where featured rapper Drake says Scott is in “sicko mode.” That’s a slang way of saying he’s at the top of his game. Sicko, here, seems to be behaving like the slang sense of sick for “extremely good.”
Who uses sicko?
What kind of depraved sicko abandons an innocent loaf of bread like this pic.twitter.com/E0UGu782vW
— Chalbs™ (@Aetherfl0w) February 27, 2018
Using sicko for someone with mental health issues, however, stigmatizes mental illness and is considered offensive.
More examples of sicko:
“Some sicko decides to send explosives to Democratic lightning rods such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and an empty vessel like Somerville mayor Joe Curtatone, seeing a chance for a cheap headline, leaps to the conclusion Diehl and his supporters bear some responsibility.”
—Joe Fitzgerald, Boston Herald, October 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for sicko
Health Care America showed up online in 2007 (the year Sicko was released) and disappeared quickly by early 2008.
In the 1980s, he was the guy Rolling Stone asked to reveal Times Square's sicko soul.
He directed and produced Roger Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko.
Couldn't some sicko turn his steering wheel and wipe out her life?
Here's a group of Democratic congresspeople endorsing my film "Sicko" in the chambers of the House Judiciary Committee in 2007.Why I'm Not Now and Have Never Been the Democrats' "Rush Limbaugh"|Michael Moore|March 6, 2009|DAILY BEAST