sickly ADJECTIVE (sicklier, sickliest) 1) often ill; in poor health. 2) causing, characterized by, or indicative of poor health. 3) (of flavour, colour, etc.) so garish or sweet as to induce nausea. 4) excessively sentimental or mawkish.
DERIVATIVES sickliness noun.

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  • Sickly — Sick ly, a. [Compar. {Sicklier}; superl. {Sickliest}.] 1. Somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease; as, a sickly body. [1913 Webster] This physic but prolongs thy sickly days. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Producing, or tending to,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sickly — [sik′lə lēsik′lē] adj. sicklier, sickliest [ME sekly] 1. in poor health; chronically sick or prone to sickness; not strong or robust 2. of or produced by sickness [a sickly pallor] 3. characterized by the prevalence of disease or sickness;… …   English World dictionary

  • Sickly — Sick ly, adv. In a sick manner or condition; ill. [1913 Webster] My people sickly [with ill will] beareth our marriage. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sickly — Sick ly, v. t. To make sick or sickly; with over, and probably only in the past participle. [R.] [1913 Webster] Sicklied o er with the pale cast of thought. Shak. [1913 Webster] Sentiments sicklied over . . . with that cloying heaviness into… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sickly — [adj1] not healthy ailing, below par, bilious, cranky, delicate, diseased, down, dragging, faint, feeble, indisposed, infirm, in poor health, lackluster, laid low, languid, low, mean, off color*, out of action*, out of shape*, pallid, peaked,… …   New thesaurus

  • sickly — index languid, powerless, unsound (not strong) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sickly — mid 14c., from SICK (Cf. sick) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Related: Sickliness …   Etymology dictionary

  • sickly — *unwholesome, morbid, diseased, pathological Analogous words: ailing (see corresponding noun at DISEASE): *weak, feeble, frail, infirm: mawkish, mushy, maudlin (see SENTIMENTAL) Antonyms: robust Contrasted words: *healthy, sound, wholesome, hale …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sickly — is an adjective meaning ‘weak in health’, and is not used as an adverb …   Modern English usage

  • sickly — I UK [ˈsɪklɪ] / US adjective Word forms sickly : adjective sickly comparative sicklier superlative sickliest 1) someone who is sickly is generally not healthy and is often ill 2) a) something such as a smell or taste that is sickly is so… …   English dictionary

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