Definitions

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  • n. A place where sick or injured people are cared for; a hospital.

Etymologies

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From Middle English sykhous, sek hous ("hospital", literally "a house for the sick"), equivalent to sick +‎ house. Cognate with Dutch ziekenhuis ("hospital"), Danish sygehus ("hospital"), Swedish sjukhus ("hospital"). Compare also German Krankenhaus ("hospital").

Examples

  • The PG&E guy who is currently at my house doing work is now wondering if there is seriously Something Wrong With Me, as the reverberations of hyena-like cackles of screaming laughter at that last submission gives the impression that I am sickhouse insane.

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  • As Adelheit the Zirgerin lay dying in the St. Katharinenthal sickhouse, she spoke with the prioress about her last rites.

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  • Alanna wore a slight, satisfied smile while watching them saddle their mounts, no doubt believing the animals and wicker hampers tied him to the old sickhouse, to her and Verin.

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  • The old sickhouse was even more ramshackle than he remembered, a sprawling single story that leaned drunkenly, half the rooms open to the sky, a forty-foot sourgum tree poking up from one.

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  • No, the problem was that Liam Scheff was on a crusade, one that made it especially unfortunate that he was the one who stumbled onto what was happening at an old convent converted into a sickhouse for foster children.

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