sickly [sik-lee] SynonymsWord Origin adjective, sick·li·er, sick·li·est.

  1. not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
  2. of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
  3. marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
  4. causing sickness.
  5. nauseating.
  6. maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
  7. faint or feeble, as light or color.


  1. in a sick or sickly manner.

verb (used with object), sick·lied, sick·ly·ing.

  1. to cover with a sickly hue.

Origin of sickly 1300–50; Middle English siklich, sekly (adj.). See sick1, -ly Related formssick·li·ness, nounSynonyms for sickly 1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm. British Dictionary definitions for sick-lied sickly adjective -lier or -liest

  1. disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
  2. of, relating to, or caused by sickness
  3. (of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
  4. (of light or colour) faint or feeble
  5. mawkish; insipidsickly affectation


  1. in a sick or sickly manner

Derived Formssickliness, noun Word Origin and History for sick-lied sickly adj.

late 14c., “ill, invalid, habitually ailing,” from sick (adj.) + -ly (1). Meaning “causing sickness” in any sense is from c.1600. Related: Sickliness.

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