What does sick mean?

Definitions for sick

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sick.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sickadjective

    people who are sick

    "they devote their lives to caring for the sick"

  2. ill, sickadjective

    affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

    "ill from the monotony of his suffering"

  3. nauseated, nauseous, queasy, sick, sickishadjective

    feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit

  4. brainsick, crazy, demented, disturbed, mad, sick, unbalanced, unhingedadjective

    affected with madness or insanity

    "a man who had gone mad"

  5. disgusted, fed up(p), sick(p), sick of(p), tired of(p)adjective

    having a strong distaste from surfeit

    "grew 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"

  6. pale, pallid, wan, sickadjective

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

    "the 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"

  7. sickadjective

    deeply affected by a strong feeling

    "sat completely still, sick with envy"; "she was sick with longing"

  8. ghastly, grim, grisly, gruesome, macabre, sickverb

    shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

    "ghastly 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"

  9. vomit, vomit up, purge, cast, sick, cat, be sick, disgorge, regorge, retch, puke, barf, spew, spue, chuck, upchuck, honk, regurgitate, throw upverb

    eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

    "After drinking too much, the students vomited"; "He purged continuously"; "The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SICKadjective

    Etymology: seoc , Saxon; sieck, Dutch.

    ’Tis meet we all go forth,
    To view the sick and feeble parts of France. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    In poison there is physick; and this news,
    That would, had I been well, have made me sick,
    Being sick, hath in some measure made me well. William Shakespeare.

    Cassius, I am sick of many griefs. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæsar.

    Ammon was so vexed, that he fell sick for Tamar. 2 Sa. iii.

    Where’s the stoick can his wrath appease, To see his country sick of Pym’s disease? John Cleveland.

    Tended the sick, busiest from couch to couch. John Milton.

    A spark of the man-killing trade
    Fell sick. John Dryden, Pers.

    Nothing makes a more ridiculous figure in a man’s life, than the disparity we often find in him sick and well. Alexander Pope.

    What we oft do best,
    By sick interpreters, or weak ones, is
    Not ours, or not allow’d: what worst, as oft
    Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up
    For our best act. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    I do not, as an enemy to peace,
    Troop in the throngs of military men:
    But rather shew a-while like fearful war,
    To diet rank minds sick of happiness,
    And purge th’ obstructions, which begin to stop
    Our very veins of life. William Shakespeare.

    He was not so sick of his master as of his work. Roger L'Estrange.

    Why will you break the sabbath of my days,
    Now sick alike of envy and of praise? Alexander Pope.

  2. To Sickverb

    To sicken; to take a disease. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    A little time before
    Our great grandsire Edward sick’d and died. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sick

    affected with disease of any kind; ill; indisposed; not in health. See the Synonym under Illness

  2. Sick

    affected with, or attended by, nausea; inclined to vomit; as, sick at the stomach; a sick headache

  3. Sick

    having a strong dislike; disgusted; surfeited; -- with of; as, to be sick of flattery

  4. Sick

    corrupted; imperfect; impaired; weakned

  5. Sicknoun


  6. Sickverb

    to fall sick; to sicken


  1. Sick

    Sick is the second studio album by Sow released in 1998. This album spawned no singles. At this time Sow comprises Anna Wildsmith with "Boys", where the Boys are Raymond Watts, Euphonic, Sascha Konietzko, Hoppy Kamiyama & Optical 8, Martin King, and Günter Schulz.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sick

    sik, adj. affected with disease: ill: inclined to vomit: disgusted: infirm: disordered: pining: depressed: indicating sickness: poor in quality: out of repair.—v.i. (Shak.) to grow sick.—ns. Sick′-bay, -berth, a compartment on a troop-ship, &c., for sick and wounded; Sick′-bed, a bed on which a person lies sick.—adj. Sick′-brained, mentally deranged.—v.t. Sick′en, to make sick: to disgust: to make weary of anything.—v.i. to become sick: to be disgusted: to become disgusting or tedious: to become weakened.—n. Sick′ener, any cause of disgust.—adj. Sick′ening, causing sickness or disgust, loathsome.—n. a scum which forms on the surface of mercury from grease, sulphides, arsenides, &c.—adv. Sick′eningly.—adj. Sick′-fall′en (Shak.), struck down with sickness.—ns. Sick′-flag, a yellow flag indicating disease on board a ship; Sick′-head′ache, headache accompanied with nausea.—adj. Sick′ish, somewhat sick.—adv. Sick′ishly.—ns. Sick′ishness; Sick′-leave, leave of absence from duty owing to sickness.—adj. Sick′lied (Shak.), tainted with the hue of sickness or disease.—adv. Sick′lily, in a sickly manner.—ns. Sick′liness, the state of being sickly, or of appearing so; Sick′-list, a list containing the names of the sick.—adjs. Sick′-listed, entered on the sick-list; Sick′ly, inclined to sickness: unhealthy: somewhat sick: weak: languid: producing disease: mawkish: feeble, mentally weak.—adv. in a sick manner: feebly.—v.t. (obs.) to make sickly or sickly-looking.—ns. Sick′ness, state of being sick, disease: disorder of the stomach: an enfeebled state of anything; Sick′-report′, a return regularly made of the state of the sick; Sick′-room, a room to which a person is confined by sickness.—adj. Sick′-thought′ed (Shak.), love-sick. [A.S. seóc; Ger. siech, Dut. ziek.]

  2. Sick

    sik, v.t. to set upon, chase: to incite to attack. [A variant of seek.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Sick

    A word uniformly used throughout the United States in the place of “ill,” as in our own country. This is not an Americanism, but good honest English, having been introduced to the New World by the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed in the Mayflower. Both in the Bible and in Shakespeare sick, not ill, is employed. This is one of the few instances in which the Americans have preserved a word true to its original meaning.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sick is ranked #33530 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sick surname appeared 680 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sick.

    95% or 646 total occurrences were White.
    2.2% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 7 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sick' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2617

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1178

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sick' in Adjectives Frequency: #307

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sick in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of sick in a Sentence

  1. Karunia Sekar Kinanti:

    Her symptoms didn't seem to be Covid-19, so I was calm about responding to it, then Zhafran, me, and my other child got sick, too.

  2. Bob Forrester:

    [ But in March 2007 ] we were working out one morning and Paul Newman was lagging. Paul Newman was usually way ahead of us. Later Paul Newman was coming to a board meeting, but Paul Newman said, ‘ I ’m really exhausted. ’ We told Paul Newman to go see a doctor and Paul Newman did. Paul Newman kept Paul Newman sunny personality until Paul Newman death in 2008. ( Reuters) Then a series of other things happened. But you could n’t really tell Paul Newman was sick until 2008, when you could see the effects of the chemo. But it did n’t affect Paul Newman personality. i lost a great friend, but we’re carrying on his work the best way we can.

  3. Dylan Williams:

    This kind of grandstanding not only endangers our security by endangering the deal, it's exactly the type of politics that people are sick of.

  4. Pattie Ray:

    This is just another hurdle that he jumps. He jumps so many hurdles, he's so amazing. This isn't the first amazing thing that he's done. He's been doing amazing things since he's been sick. I don't know many adults that can handle half of his life on a day-to-day basis.

  5. Paul Calle:

    The tigers and lions weren't terribly sick.

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    transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity
    • A. busy
    • B. disjointed
    • C. transparent
    • D. brilliant

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