Definitions

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  • n. The characteristic of being homesick; a strong, sad feeling of missing one's home (and often left-behind loved ones, such as family and friends) when physically away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A depressed state of mind in persons away from home; nostalgia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a longing to return home

Etymologies

Germanic: from home + sickness (from sick + -ness) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And couple that with the history of what they call homesickness, or as I would interpret that, depression, she may be out there contemplating, you know, does she want to go back to school, does she want to pursue this missionary thing.

    CNN Transcript Sep 6, 2007

  • And yes, definitely the homesickness is stronger in the fall -- at least for me -- partly because my brother has an apple orchard and the season is starting to kick in and I just think wistfully about being able to walk out and pick apples.

    September evenings with roasted chicken

  • And yes, homesickness is universal, no matter where you're from, if you're removed from where you grew up.

    On mole and matrimony | Homesick Texan

  • Though Im happy to say that with each day the homesickness is easing up bit by bit.

    Canada has nice goats.

  • And then follows a note of homesickness from the man who had felt it so seldom:

    Runner of the Mountain Tops: The Life of Louis Agassiz

  • Almost worse than his homesickness was his immediate boredom.

    Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery

  • The noises of the camp drifted up over the grade fitfully, dreamily; some new hunger that might have been called homesickness was urging a new tone into the evening sounds.

    The Return of Blue Pete

  • "You are forgetting the man who travels the lonely trails to the camps and up the gulches for the sick and wounded and brings them out on his broncho's back and his own, too, watches by them and prays with them, who yarns to them and sings to them till they forget their homesickness, which is the sickness the hospital cannot cure."

    The Doctor : a Tale of the Rockies

  • It is called homesickness, and assumes different aspects, my worthy friend.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One

  • But best-laid plans went awry with the quick departures of two other transfers - 6-8 swingman Matt Gonzales, who failed to meet eligibility requirements, and 6-3 guard Andrew Davenport, who battled a thumb injury and then what Robert Davenport (no relation) called homesickness that caused the player to return to California.

    The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:Today's Headlines

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