from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Prone to sickness.
  • adjective Of, caused by, or associated with sickness.
  • adjective Conducive to sickness.
  • adjective Causing nausea; nauseating.
  • adjective Lacking vigor or strength; feeble or weak.
  • transitive verb Archaic To make sickly.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Habitually ailing or indisposed; not sound or strong as regards health or natural vigor; liable to be or become sick: as, a sickly person, animal, or plant; a sickly family.
  • Pertaining to or arising from a state of impaired health; characteristic of an unhealthy condition: as, a sickly complexion; the sickly look of a person, an animal, or a tree.
  • Pertaining to sickness or the sick; suitable for a sick person.
  • Marked by the presence or prevalence of sickness: as, a sickly town; the season is very sickly.
  • Causing sickness, in any sense; producing malady, disease, nausea, or disgust; debilitating; nauseating; mawkish: as, a sickly climate; sickly fogs; sickly fare.
  • Manifesting a disordered or enfeebled condition of mind; mentally unsound or weak: as, sickly sentimentality.
  • Synonyms Unwell, Ill, etc. See sick.
  • In a sick, sickly, or feeble manner; so as to show ill health or debility.
  • To make sickly; give a sickly or unhealthy appearance to.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a sick manner or condition; ill.
  • transitive verb rare To make sick or sickly; -- with over, and probably only in the past participle.
  • adjective Somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease.
  • adjective Producing, or tending to, disease.
  • adjective Appearing as if sick; weak; languid; pale.
  • adjective Tending to produce nausea; sickening

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill.
  • adjective Having the appearance of sickness or ill health; appearing ill, infirm or unhealthy; pale.
  • adjective Weak; faint; suggesting unhappiness.
  • verb transitive To make sickly.

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

  • adjective unhealthy looking
  • adjective somewhat ill or prone to illness


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