sick1 [sik]
[ME sik, seke < OE seoc, akin to Ger siech < IE base * seug-, to be troubled or grieved > Arm hiucanim, (I) am weakening]
1. suffering from disease or illness; unwell; ill: in this sense, now rare or literary in England
2. having nausea; vomiting or about to vomit: the predominant sense in England
3. characteristic of or accompanying sickness [a sick expression]
4. of or for sick people [sick leave]
5. deeply disturbed or distressed; extremely upset, as by grief, disappointment, disgust, failure, etc.
6. disgusted by reason of excess; annoyed or exasperated: usually with of [sick of such excuses]: often sick and tired
7. in poor condition; impaired; unsound
8. having a great longing or nostalgia (for) [sick for the hills]
9. of sickly color; pale
10. having a discharge of the menses; menstruating
11. mentally ill or emotionally disturbed
12. Informal sadistic, morbid, or abnormally unwholesome [a sick joke ]
13. Agric.
a) incapable of producing an adequate yield of a certain crop [wheatsick soil]
b) infested with harmful microorganisms [a sick field]
the sick
sick or ill people collectively
SYN.- SICK1 and ILL1 both express the idea of being in bad health, affected with disease, etc. (for differences in American and British usage, see definition above), but SICK1 is more commonly used than ILL1, which is somewhat formal [he's a sick person; he is sick, or ill, with the flu ]; AILING usually suggests prolonged or even chronic poor health [she has been ailing ever since her operation ]; INDISPOSED suggests a slight, temporary illness or feeling of physical discomfort [indisposed with a headache ] –ANT. WELL1, HEALTHY
sick2 [sik]
alt. sp. of SIC2

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