Sick Sick, a. [Compar. {Sicker}; superl. {Sickest}.] [OE. sek, sik, ill, AS. se['o]c; akin to OS. siok, seoc, OFries. siak, D. ziek, G. siech, OHG. sioh, Icel. sj?kr, Sw. sjuk, Dan. syg, Goth. siuks ill, siukan to be ill.] 1. Affected with disease of any kind; ill; indisposed; not in health. See the Synonym under {Illness}. [1913 Webster]

Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever. --Mark i. 30. [1913 Webster]

Behold them that are sick with famine. --Jer. xiv. 18. [1913 Webster]

2. Affected with, or attended by, nausea; inclined to vomit; as, sick at the stomach; a sick headache. [1913 Webster]

3. Having a strong dislike; disgusted; surfeited; -- with of; as, to be sick of flattery. [1913 Webster]

He was not so sick of his master as of his work. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

4. Corrupted; imperfect; impaired; weakned. [1913 Webster]

So great is his antipathy against episcopacy, that, if a seraphim himself should be a bishop, he would either find or make some sick feathers in his wings. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

{Sick bay} (Naut.), an apartment in a vessel, used as the ship's hospital.

{Sick bed}, the bed upon which a person lies sick.

{Sick berth}, an apartment for the sick in a ship of war.

{Sick headache} (Med.), a variety of headache attended with disorder of the stomach and nausea.

{Sick list}, a list containing the names of the sick.

{Sick room}, a room in which a person lies sick, or to which he is confined by sickness.

Note: [These terms, sick bed, sick berth, etc., are also written both hyphened and solid.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: Diseased; ill; disordered; distempered; indisposed; weak; ailing; feeble; morbid. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Sicker — Sick er, Siker Sik er, adv. Surely; certainly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Believe this as siker as your creed. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Sicker, Willye, thou warnest well. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sicker — Sick er, v. i. [AS. sicerian.] (Mining) To percolate, trickle, or ooze, as water through a crack. [Also written {sigger}, {zigger}, and {zifhyr}.] [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sicker — Sick er, Siker Sik er, a. [OE. siker; cf. OS. sikur, LG. seker, D. zeker, Dan. sikker, OHG. sihhur, G. sicher; all fr. L. securus. See {Secure}, {Sure}.] Sure; certain; trusty. [Obs. or Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Burns. [1913 Webster] When he is siker… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sicker — I. ˈsikər adjective Etymology: Middle English siker, from Old English sicor; akin to Old Frisian sikur safe, secure, Old Saxon sikor, Old High German sichur, sichor; all from a prehistoric West Germanic word borrowed from Latin securus free from… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sicker — adjective Etymology: Middle English siker, from Old English sicor, from Latin securus secure Date: before 12th century chiefly Scottish secure, safe; also dependable • sicker adverb, chiefly Scottish • sickerly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sicker — sicker1 /sik euhr/ adj. compar. of sick1 with sickest as superl. sicker2 /sik euhr/, Scot. and North Eng. adj. 1. safe from danger; secure. 2. dependable; trustworthy. adv …   Universalium

  • sicker — sɪk n. people who are ill, sick people collectively adj. ill, suffering from a disease or illness; nauseous, feeling the need to vomit; disgusted, fed up; pertaining to a sickness, pertaining to a disease; yearning, longing; infected with… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • sicker — sick·er …   English syllables

  • sicker and quicker — adj. Describes a hospital discharge in which a patient is released before having completely recovered. Also: sicker,quicker. Example Citation: Hospitals used to care for us until we got better even if it took a couple of weeks. Then we went home …   New words

  • sicker than a dog — very, very sick; as sick as a parrot    He wants to go and play hockey, and he s sicker n a dog! …   English idioms

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