• The Ass and the Sick Lion
    The Ass and the Sick Lion
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sick shockingly repellent; inspiring horror "ghastly wounds","the grim aftermath of the bombing","the grim task of burying the victims","a grisly murder","gruesome evidence of human sacrifice","macabre tales of war and plague in the Middle ages","macabre tortures conceived by madmen"
    • adj sick deeply affected by a strong feeling "sat completely still, sick with envy","she was sick with longing"
    • adj sick having a strong distaste from surfeit "grew more and more disgusted","fed up with their complaints","sick of it all","sick to death of flattery","gossip that makes one sick","tired of the noise and smoke"
    • adj sick affected with madness or insanity "a man who had gone mad"
    • adj sick (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble "the pale light of a half moon","a pale sun","the late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street","a pallid sky","the pale (or wan) stars","the wan light of dawn"
    • adj sick affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function "ill from the monotony of his suffering"
    • adj sick feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
    • v sick eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth "After drinking too much, the students vomited","He purged continuously","The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night"
    • n sick people who are sick "they devote their lives to caring for the sick"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Oh, I Am Sick of Being a Puppet!" "Oh, I Am Sick of Being a Puppet!"
Food for the Sick Food for the Sick

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People do not get sick from cold weather. It is mostly from being indoors more.
    • Sick Affected with disease of any kind; ill; indisposed; not in health. See the Synonym under Illness. "Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever.""Behold them that are sick with famine."
    • Sick Affected with, or attended by, nausea; inclined to vomit; as, sick at the stomach; a sick headache.
    • Sick Corrupted; imperfect; impaired; weakned. "So great is his antipathy against episcopacy, that, if a seraphim himself should be a bishop, he would either find or make some sick feathers in his wings."
    • Sick Having a strong dislike; disgusted; surfeited; -- with of; as, to be sick of flattery. "He was not so sick of his master as of his work."
    • n Sick Sickness.
    • v. i Sick To fall sick; to sicken.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.
    • sick Affected with or suffering from physical disorder; more or less disabled by disease or bad health; seriously indisposed; ill: as, to fall sick; to be sick of a fever; a very sick man.
    • sick In a restricted sense, affected with nausea; qualmish; inclined to vomit, or actually vomiting; attended with or tending to cause vomiting: as, sick at the stomach. Formerly, and still generally in the United States, so used without conscious differentiation from sense 1. See syn. below.
    • sick Figuratively Seriously disordered, infirm, or unsound from any cause; perturbed; distempered; enfeebled: used of mental and emotional conditions, and technically of states of some material things, especially of mercury in relation to amalgamation: as, to be sick at heart; a sick-looking vehicle.
    • sick In a depressed state of mind for want of something; pining; longing; languishing; with for: as, to be sick for old scenes or friends. Compare homesick.
    • sick Disgusted from satiety; having a sickening surfeit: with of: as, to be sick of flattery or of drudgery.
    • sick As a specific euphemism, confined in childbed; parturient.
    • sick Tending to make one sick, in any sense.
    • sick Indicating, manifesting, or expressive of sickness, in any sense; indicating a disordered state; sickly: as, a sick look.
    • sick Spawning, or in the milk, as an oyster; poor and watery, as oysters after spawning.
    • sick Nautical, out of repair; unfit for service: said of ships or boats. Sometimes used in compounds, denoting the kind of repairs needed: as, iron sick, nail -sick, paint -sick.
    • sick Synonyms Sick. Ill, Ailing, Unwell, Diseased, Morbid, Sickly. Sick and ill are general words for being positively out of a healthy state, as ailing and unwell are in some sense negative and therefore weaker words for the same thing. There has been some tendency in England to confine sick to the distinctive sense of ‘nauseated,’ but in America the word has continued to have its original breadth of meaning, as found in the Bible and in Shakspere. Diseased follows the tendency of disease to be specific, as in diseased lungs, or a diseased leg—that is, lungs or a leg affected by a certain disease; but the word may be used in a general way. Morbid is a more technical or professional term, indicating that which is not healthy or does not act in a healthy way; the word is also the one most freely used in figurative senses: as, morbid sensitiveness, self-consciousness, or irritability. Sick and ill apply to a state presumably temporary, however severe; sickly indicates a state not quite equal to sickness, but more permanent, because of an underlying lack of constitutional vigor. See illness, debility, disease.
    • sick To grow sick; become sick or ill.
    • sick To make sick; sicken.
    • sick To seek; chase; set upon: used in the imperative in inciting a dog to chase or attack a person or an animal: often with prolonged sibilation: as, sick or s-s-sick 'im, Bose!
    • sick Hence To cause to seek or pursue; incite to make an attack; set on by the exclamation “Sick!” as, to sick a dog at a tramp; I'll sick the constable on you.
    • sick Having floured: said of mercury.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
    • adj Sick sik affected with disease: ill: inclined to vomit: disgusted: infirm: disordered: pining: depressed: indicating sickness: poor in quality: out of repair
    • v.i Sick (Shak.) to grow sick
    • v.i Sick to become sick: to be disgusted: to become disgusting or tedious: to become weakened
    • n Sick a scum which forms on the surface of mercury from grease, sulphides, arsenides, &c
    • adv Sick in a sick manner: feebly
    • v.t Sick (obs.) to make sickly or sickly-looking
    • v.t Sick sik to set upon, chase: to incite to attack.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.”
  • Sidney Madwed
    Sidney Madwed
    “The world will change for the better when people decide they are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the way the world is, and decide to change themselves.”
  • Catalan Proverb
    Catalan Proverb
    “It's better that it should make you sick than that you don't eat it at all.”
  • Hebrew Proverb
    Hebrew Proverb
    “He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.”
  • George W. Thornbury
    George W. Thornbury
    “The fool that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well.”
  • Joseph Stalin
    Joseph Stalin
    “Gratitude is a sickness suffered by dogs.”


Go down like a cup of cold sick - (UK) An idea or excuse that will not be well accepted will go down like a cup of cold sick.
Sick and tired - If you are sick and tired of something, it has been going on for a long time and you can no longer tolerate it.
Sick as a dog - If somebody's as sick as a dog, they throw up (=vomit) violently.
Sick as a parrot - If someone's sick as a parrot about something, they are unhappy, disappointed or depressed about it.
Sick to death - If you are sick to death of something, you have been exposed to so much of it that you cannot take any more.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sek, sik, ill, AS. seóc,; akin to OS. siok, seoc, OFries. siak, D. ziek, G. siech, OHG. sioh, Icel. sjkr, Sw. sjuk, Dan. syg, Goth. siuks, ill, siukan, to be ill
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A variant of seek.


In literature:

Sick is Anthea, sickly is the spring, II.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Finally no more wounded Americans were sent to the British hospital and no sick except those sick under G. O.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
Eileen ain't sick very bad, is she?
"The Straw" by Eugene O'Neill
When they got sick marster got a doctor, if they wus bad off sick.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
Instead of the priest, the mother may make a fire of paper and wave a small garment of her sick child over it.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
Columbus, meantime, supported by conscious rectitude, devoted himself to relieving the sufferings of his sick companions who remained with him.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
In others, a long interval, sometimes six months, occurs between the first and second sickness.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
Mrs. Hayden lay sick seven weeks, and arose a weak and nervous invalid, "doomed to carry a still limb all her life," the physicians said.
"The Right Knock" by Helen Van-Anderson
He was already sick.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Through sickness, transfers, and one or two other causes, the wastage in the Battalion was considerable.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett

In poetry:

I'm sick of "musn'ts," said Dorothy D.
Sick of musn'ts, as I can be.
From early dawn till the close of day
I hear a musn't, and never a may.
"Dorothy D." by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"And Trouth—the sough o' a sickly win';
And Richt—what needna be;
And Beauty—nae deeper nor the skin;
And Blude—that's naething but bree.
"The Deil's Forhooit His Ain" by George MacDonald
Why should such gloomy silence reign,
And why is all the house so drear,
When neither danger, sickness, pain,
Nor death, nor want, have entered here?
"Domestic Peace" by Anne Bronte
My tongue, the glory of my frame,
Shall ne'er be silent of thy name;
Thy praise shall sound through earth and heav'n
For sickness healed and sins forgiv'n.
"Psalm 30 part 2" by Isaac Watts
Ah, if you knew how sick and sore
My life flags for the want of you,
Straightway you'd enter at the door
And clasp my hand between your two,
If you but knew!
"If You But Knew" by Mathilde Blind
Within a little time, as hath been found,
He can make sick folk whole and fresh and sound:
Them who are whole in body and in mind,
He can make sick,—bind can he and unbind
All that he will have bound, or have unbound.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

If this video makes you go, "Mmm, duck pizza," you're not alone: The YouTuber who posted the recording of his pet going to town on a loaded Pizza Hut pie actually disabled all YouTube comments "due to sick idiots that want to eat him.".
Now naturally silver-haired, the actor said he got "sick of" dyeing his locks.
In the last episode, "Movement,", people around town kept getting sick after going to Bert's new restaurant.
Are our laptops and cellphones making us sick.
State Sen Brian Stack has introduced legislation in the state Senate that would end sick-time payouts for public employees, though most state Democrats are still set on curbing the practice rather than eliminating it.
Zachary says his inspiration was because he was picked on as a child and wanted to help sick children who have lost their hair avoid being teased.
Will that pet turtle make you sick.
Anxiety in the workplace linked to high productivity loss, sickness absence.
Commissioner, Disney lobbyist exchanged messages before sick pay vote.
Commissioner, Disney lobbyist text each other before sick.
Commissioner, Disney lobbyist text each other before sick pay vote.
A sick snowboarding video to tide you over until next winter.
The sick, the well and the dying.
So how would you feel if you were sick, single and financially strapped - and unable to care for your pet, unable to provide some of the basic necessities.
Derrick Rose takes his share of shots as the Bulls' go-to guy, and he's starting to get sick of it.

In science:

In order for G(z ) to have an imaginary part the functional integral defining the field theory has to be “sick”.
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
Rather than indicating that the theory is sick, it just shows that the usual vacuum is unstable.
Bosonic M Theory
Let us sick solution of the symmetry equation in terms of three independent coordinates (vz , y , ¯y).
To the question of the integration of Plebansky Equation
The sickness of the model at θ = 0 is a consequence of the fact that the bare string tension has no zeros .
Self-Intersection Numbers and Random Surfaces on the Lattice
However, after the second summer, the virus had changed, and the most common strain had a reduced virulence, with 70-95% fatality, and a typical sickness duration of three weeks or longer.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics