American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Somewhat sick.
- adj. Somewhat nauseated.
- adj. Somewhat revolting or nauseating.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a disordered condition or state of health; out of proper condition; sickly.
- Somewhat sick or nauseated; slightly qualmish; disgusted: as, a sickish feeling.
- Making slightly sick; sickening; nauseating: as, a sickish taste or smell.
- adj. Somewhat sick, but not seriously so.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Somewhat sick or diseased.
- adj. Somewhat sickening.
- adj. feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
- sick + -ish (Wiktionary)
“They had a parting that Lemuel's mother would have called sickish without question; but it all seemed heavenly sweet and right.”
“Len, who's about the size of a freight car, smiles kind of sickish at this, and says he hopes there's no hard feelings among old friends and lodge brothers; and Egbert says, Oh, no! It would just be in the nature of a friendly contest, which he feels very much like having one, since he can be pushed just so far; but Cora says gambling has brutalized him.”
“As Roy Dillon stumbled out of the shop his face was sickish green, and each breath he drew was an incredible agony.”
“I have a sickish sense of humor but I think this is time to plan my happy cake.”
“And now she was lying in bed with a sickish stomach.”
“Adams recoiled from the “oily, sickish, slightly fetid odor” he smelled everywhere, and throughout his trip would complain that Japanese women were like cheap dolls—wooden, jerky, mechanical.”
“I'm still feeling sickish but it's moved up to my ears.”
“A sickish-sweet odor drifted down and across Kharl, a scent compounded of something burning, perhaps incense, with something stronger.”
“His determination to stay in at night during the week did not survive, and a good half of the time he came to work with a splitting, sickish headache and the crowded horror of the morning subway ringing in his ears like an echo of hell.”
“It only made you feel a little sickish on account of the smell of the wine.”
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