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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sick mean? 

SICK (noun)
  The noun SICK has 1 sense:

1. people who are sick

  Familiarity information: SICK used as a noun is very rare.

SICK (adjective)
  The adjective SICK has 7 senses:

1. affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
2. feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit
3. affected with madness or insanity
4. having a strong distaste from surfeit
5. (of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble
6. deeply affected by a strong feeling
7. shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

  Familiarity information: SICK used as an adjective is common.

SICK (verb)
  The verb SICK has 1 sense:

1. eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

  Familiarity information: SICK used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SICK (noun)

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People who are sick

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

they devote their lives to caring for the sick

Hypernyms ("sick" is a kind of...):

people ((plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively)

SICK (adjective)

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Affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function


sick; ill

Context example:

ill from the monotony of his suffering


palsied (affected with palsy or uncontrollable tremor)

nauseated; nauseous; queasy; sick; sickish (feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit)

milk-sick (affected with or related to milk sickness)

laid up (ill and usually confined)

laid low; stricken (put out of action (by illness))

green (looking pale and unhealthy)

gouty (suffering from gout)

paralytic; paralyzed (affected or subject to with paralysis)

paraplegic (suffering complete paralysis of the lower half of the body usually resulting from damage to the spinal cord)

rachitic; rickety (affected with, suffering from, or characteristic of rickets)

scrofulous (afflicted with scrofula)

sneezy (inclined to sneeze)

spastic (suffering from spastic paralysis)

tubercular; tuberculous (constituting or afflicted with or caused by tuberculosis or the tubercle bacillus)

unhealed (not healed)

upset (mildly physically distressed)

funny (experiencing odd bodily sensations)

feverish; feverous (having or affected by a fever)

faint; light; light-headed; lightheaded; swooning (weak and likely to lose consciousness)

afflicted; stricken (grievously affected especially by disease)

aguish (affected by ague)

ailing; indisposed; peaked; poorly; seedy; sickly; under the weather; unwell (somewhat ill or prone to illness)

air sick; airsick; carsick; seasick (experiencing motion sickness)

autistic (characteristic of or affected with autism)

bedfast; bedrid; bedridden; sick-abed (confined to bed (by illness))

bilious; liverish; livery (suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress)

bronchitic (suffering from or prone to bronchitis)

dyspeptic (suffering from dyspepsia)

dizzy; giddy; vertiginous; woozy (having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling)

diabetic (suffering from diabetes)

delirious; hallucinating (experiencing delirium)

convalescent; recovering (returning to health after illness or debility)

consumptive (afflicted with or associated with pulmonary tuberculosis)


unhealthy (not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind)

unfit (not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition)

Sense 2sick [BACK TO TOP]


Feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit


nauseated; sickish; nauseous; queasy; sick


ill; sick (affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function)

Sense 3sick [BACK TO TOP]


Affected with madness or insanity


unhinged; distracted; demented; crazy; brainsick; unbalanced; mad; sick; disturbed

Context example:

a man who had gone mad


insane (afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement)

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Having a strong distaste from surfeit


disgusted; fed up; sick of; tired of; sick

Context examples:

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


displeased (not pleased; experiencing or manifesting displeasure)

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(of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble


wan; pale; pallid; sick

Context examples:

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


weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)

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Deeply affected by a strong feeling

Context examples:

sat completely still, sick with envy / she was sick with longing


affected; moved; stirred; touched (being excited or provoked to the expression of an emotion)

Sense 7sick [BACK TO TOP]


Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror


ghastly; grisly; gruesome; macabre; grim; sick

Context examples:

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


alarming (causing alarm or fear)

SICK (verb)

Sense 1sick [BACK TO TOP]


Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


vomit up; vomit; upchuck; throw up; sick; regorge; puke; be sick; barf; retch; cat; disgorge; spue; spew; chuck; regurgitate; honk; purge; cast

Context examples:

After drinking too much, the students vomited / He purged continuously / The patient regurgitated the food we gave him last night

Hypernyms (to "sick" is one way to...):

egest; eliminate; excrete; pass (eliminate from the body)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

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