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SICK

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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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Meaning:

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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Meaning:

Affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function

Synonyms:

sick; ill

Context example:

ill from the monotony of his suffering

Similar:

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)

Also:

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

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


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Meaning:

Feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit

Synonyms:

nauseated; sickish; nauseous; queasy; sick

Similar:

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


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Meaning:

Affected with madness or insanity

Synonyms:

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

Context example:

a man who had gone mad

Similar:

insane (afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement)


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Meaning:

Having a strong distaste from surfeit

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

displeased (not pleased; experiencing or manifesting displeasure)


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Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)


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Meaning:

Deeply affected by a strong feeling

Context examples:

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

Similar:

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


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Meaning:

Shockingly repellent; inspiring horror

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)


SICK (verb)


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Meaning:

Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

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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