Sickly Sick"ly, a. [Compar. {Sicklier}; superl. {Sickliest}.] 1. Somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease; as, a sickly body. [1913 Webster]

This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Producing, or tending to, disease; as, a sickly autumn; a sickly climate. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. Appearing as if sick; weak; languid; pale. [1913 Webster]

The moon grows sickly at the sight of day. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Nor torrid summer's sickly smile. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

4. Tending to produce nausea; sickening; as, a sickly smell; sickly sentimentality. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Diseased; ailing; infirm; weakly; unhealthy; healthless; weak; feeble; languid; faint. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • sickly — [sik′lə lēsik′lē] adj. sicklier, sickliest [ME sekly] 1. in poor health; chronically sick or prone to sickness; not strong or robust 2. of or produced by sickness [a sickly pallor] 3. characterized by the prevalence of disease or sickness;… …   English World dictionary

  • Sickly — Sick ly, adv. In a sick manner or condition; ill. [1913 Webster] My people sickly [with ill will] beareth our marriage. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sickly — Sick ly, v. t. To make sick or sickly; with over, and probably only in the past participle. [R.] [1913 Webster] Sicklied o er with the pale cast of thought. Shak. [1913 Webster] Sentiments sicklied over . . . with that cloying heaviness into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sickly — [adj1] not healthy ailing, below par, bilious, cranky, delicate, diseased, down, dragging, faint, feeble, indisposed, infirm, in poor health, lackluster, laid low, languid, low, mean, off color*, out of action*, out of shape*, pallid, peaked,… …   New thesaurus

  • sickly — index languid, powerless, unsound (not strong) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sickly — mid 14c., from SICK (Cf. sick) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Related: Sickliness …   Etymology dictionary

  • sickly — *unwholesome, morbid, diseased, pathological Analogous words: ailing (see corresponding noun at DISEASE): *weak, feeble, frail, infirm: mawkish, mushy, maudlin (see SENTIMENTAL) Antonyms: robust Contrasted words: *healthy, sound, wholesome, hale …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sickly — is an adjective meaning ‘weak in health’, and is not used as an adverb …   Modern English usage

  • sickly — ► ADJECTIVE (sicklier, sickliest) 1) often ill; in poor health. 2) causing, characterized by, or indicative of poor health. 3) (of flavour, colour, etc.) so garish or sweet as to induce nausea. 4) excessively sentimental or mawkish. DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • sickly — I UK [ˈsɪklɪ] / US adjective Word forms sickly : adjective sickly comparative sicklier superlative sickliest 1) someone who is sickly is generally not healthy and is often ill 2) a) something such as a smell or taste that is sickly is so… …   English dictionary

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