Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Thus; so. Used to indicate that a quoted passage, especially one containing an error or unconventional spelling, has been retained in its original form or written intentionally.
  • transitive v. To set upon; attack.
  • transitive v. To urge or incite to hostile action; set: sicced the dogs on the intruders.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. thus; thus written
  • v. To incite an attack by, especially a dog or dogs.
  • v. To set upon; to chase; to attack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Such.
  • adv. Thus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Scotch form of such.
  • So; thus: a word often inserted within brackets in quoted matter after an erroneous word or date, an astonishing statement, or the like, as an assurance that the citation is an exact reproduction of the original: as, “It was easily [sic] to see that he was angry.”
  • A call to pigs or to sheep.
  • See sick.
  • n. An abbreviation of Sicilian
  • n. of Sicily.

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

  • v. urge to attack someone
  • adv. intentionally so written (used after a printed word or phrase)

Etymologies

Latin sīc.
Dialectal variant of seek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sīc ("thus, so"). (Wiktionary)
Variant of seek. (Wiktionary)

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  • "She's probably sicced the pols and nats both on me."

    - P.K. Dick, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said.

    March 26, 2012

  • "Mommy, I feel sic...hooooork."

    July 27, 2009

  • Caesar sic in omnibus.

    July 27, 2009

  • Sic semper tyrannis.

    July 27, 2009

  • Sic transit gloria mundi.

    July 27, 2009

  • (verb) To urge or incite to hostile action, as in siccing dogs upon someone. In a metaphoric sense, any time someone is ordered to go after another. There is an implication that the purpose is to do harm to the object of siccing, not simply to dissuade or drive off.

    July 27, 2009

  • I lub sic this word!

    November 29, 2007