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

  • adj. Prone to sickness.
  • adj. Of, caused by, or associated with sickness: a sickly pallor.
  • adj. Conducive to sickness: a sickly climate.
  • adj. Causing nausea; nauseating.
  • adj. Lacking vigor or strength; feeble or weak: a sickly handshake.
  • transitive v. To make sickly: "Timidity . . . sicklies the whole cast of thought in action” ( Henry Adams).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. unhealthy looking
  • adj. somewhat ill or prone to illness


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