Definitions

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

  • adj. Somewhat sick.
  • adj. Somewhat nauseated.
  • adj. Somewhat revolting or nauseating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Somewhat sick, but not seriously so.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat sick or diseased.
  • adj. Somewhat sickening.

from The 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.

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

  • adj. feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit

Etymologies

sick +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They had a parting that Lemuel's mother would have called sickish without question; but it all seemed heavenly sweet and right.

    The Minister's Charge

  • 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.

    Somewhere in Red Gap

  • As Roy Dillon stumbled out of the shop his face was sickish green, and each breath he drew was an incredible agony.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • I have a sickish sense of humor but I think this is time to plan my happy cake.

    Et Tu, O-Town?

  • And now she was lying in bed with a sickish stomach.

    New Girl in Town

  • 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.

    The Five of Hearts

  • I'm still feeling sickish but it's moved up to my ears.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • A sickish-sweet odor drifted down and across Kharl, a scent compounded of something burning, perhaps incense, with something stronger.

    Wellspring of Chaos

  • 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.

    The Beautiful and Damned

  • It only made you feel a little sickish on account of the smell of the wine.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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