What does sickly mean?

Definitions for sickly
ˈsɪk lisick·ly

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sallow, sicklyadjective

    unhealthy looking

  2. ailing, indisposed, peaked(p), poorly(p), sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedyadjective

    somewhat ill or prone to illness

    "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work"


  1. sicklyadjective

    Frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill.

    a sickly child

  2. sicklyadjective

    Having the appearance of sickness or ill health; appearing ill, infirm or unhealthy; pale.

    a sickly plant

  3. sicklyadjective

    Weak; faint; suggesting unhappiness.

    a sickly smile

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sicklyadjective

    Etymology: from sick.

    I’m fall’n out with more headier will,
    To take the indispos’d and sickly fit
    For the sound man. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Bring me word, boy, if thy lord looks well;
    For he went sickly forth. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    A pleasing cordial, Buckingham',
    Is this thy vow unto my sickly heart. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    The moon grows sickly at the sight of day,
    And early cocks have summon’d me away. Dryden.

    Time seems not now beneath his years to stoop,
    Nor do his wings with sickly feathers droop. Dryden.

    Would we know what health and ease are worth, let us ask one that is sickly, or in pain, and we have the price. Nehemiah Grew.

    There affectation, with a sickly mien,
    Shows in her cheek the roses of eighteen;
    Practis’d to lisp, and hang the head aside,
    Faints into airs, and languishes with pride. Alexander Pope.

    When on my sickly couch I lay,
    Impatient both of night and day,
    Then Stella ran to my relief. Jonathan Swift.

    To animate the doubtful fight,
    Namur in vain expects that ray;
    In vain France hopes the sickly light
    Should shine near William’s fuller day. Matthew Prior.

  2. Sicklyadverb

    Not in health.

    Etymology: from sick.

    We wear our health but sickly in his life,
    Which in his death were perfect. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

  3. To Sicklyverb

    To make diseased; to taint with the hue of disease. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    The native hue of resolution
    Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought. William Shakespeare.


  1. sickly

    Sickly refers to someone or something that frequently has poor, weak, or delicate health conditions or is associated with illness or poor health. It may also refer to something that appears unpleasant or distasteful, giving an impression of disease or decay.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sickly

    somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease; as, a sickly body

  2. Sickly

    producing, or tending to, disease; as, a sickly autumn; a sickly climate

  3. Sickly

    appearing as if sick; weak; languid; pale

  4. Sickly

    tending to produce nausea; sickening; as, a sickly smell; sickly sentimentality

  5. Sicklyadverb

    in a sick manner or condition; ill

  6. Sicklyverb

    to make sick or sickly; -- with over, and probably only in the past participle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sickly in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sickly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of sickly in a Sentence

  1. Davies Austin Spiji:

    We can almost certainly pin the warming ocean as having a role in what we are seeing with the sickly sharks in Sipadan.

  2. Lucy Skinner:

    If this is true, it would be an amazing revelation, countering the idea that Tut was a weak and sickly boy-king.

  3. Wyndham Lewis:

    With a new familiarity and a flesh-creeping homeliness entirely of this unreal, materialistic world, where all sentiment is coarsely manufactured and advertised in colossal sickly captions, disguised for the sweet tooth of a monstrous baby called the Public, the family as it is, broken up on all hands by the agency of feminist and economic propaganda, reconstitutes itself in the image of the state.

  4. Amy Falcone:

    I've never been a sickly person, but I did catch strep throat about three years ago, i've never had it in my entire life, but I had it. Got rid of it. Got it again.

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    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
    A directory
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