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English adjective: sick

1. sick affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

SamplesIll from the monotony of his suffering.


Similarafflicted, aguish, ailing, air sick, airsick, autistic, bedfast, bedrid, bedridden, bilious, bronchitic, carsick, consumptive, convalescent, delirious, diabetic, dizzy, dyspeptic, faint, feverish, feverous, funny, giddy, gouty, green, hallucinating, indisposed, laid low, laid up, light, light-headed, lightheaded, liverish, livery, milk-sick, nauseated, nauseous, palsied, paralytic, paralyzed, paraplegic, peaked, poorly, queasy, rachitic, recovering, rickety, scrofulous, seasick, seedy, sick, sick-abed, sickish, sickly, sneezy, spastic, stricken, stricken, swooning, tubercular, tuberculous, under the weather, unhealed, unwell, upset, vertiginous, woozy

See alsounfit, unhealthy


2. sick feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit

Synonymsnauseated, nauseous, queasy, sickish

Similarill, sick


3. sick affected with madness or insanity

SamplesA man who had gone mad.

Synonymsbrainsick, crazy, demented, disturbed, mad, unbalanced, unhinged



4. sick having a strong distaste from surfeit

SamplesGrew more and more disgusted.
Fed up with their complaints.
Sick of it all.
Sick to death of flattery.
Gossip that makes one sick.
Tired of the noise and smoke.

Synonymsdisgusted, fed up, sick of, tired of



5. sick (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble

SamplesThe pale light of a half moon.
A pale sun.
The late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street.
A pallid sky.
The pale (or wan) stars.
The wan light of dawn.

Synonymspale, pallid, wan



6. sick deeply affected by a strong feeling

SamplesSat completely still, sick with envy.
She was sick with longing.

Similaraffected, moved, stirred, touched

Antonymsunmoved, unaffected, untouched

7. sick shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

SamplesGhastly wounds.
The grim aftermath of the bombing.
The grim task of burying the victims.
A grisly murder.
Gruesome evidence of human sacrifice.
Macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages.
Macabre tortures conceived by madmen.

Synonymsghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre



English noun: sick

1. sick (group) people who are sick

SamplesThey devote their lives to caring for the sick.

Broader (hypernym)people

English verb: sick

1. sick (body) eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

SamplesAfter drinking too much, the students vomited.
He purged continuously.
The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night.

Synonymsbarf, be sick, cast, cat, chuck, disgorge, honk, puke, purge, regorge, regurgitate, retch, spew, spue, throw up, upchuck, vomit, vomit up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)egest, eliminate, excrete, pass

Antonymskeep down

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