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(1)   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"
(2)   Deeply affected by a strong feeling
"Sat completely still, sick with envy"
"She was sick with longing"
(3)   Affected with madness or insanity
"A man who had gone mad"
(4)   (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"
(5)   Affected by an impairment of normal physical or mental function
"Ill from the monotony of his suffering"
(6)   Feeling nausea; feeling about to vomit


(7)   People who are sick
"They devote their lives to caring for the sick"


(8)   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"


  1. In poor health
  2. Mentally unstable, disturbed.
  3. In bad taste.
    That's a sick joke.
  4. Having an urge to vomit.
  5. Very good, excellent, awesome.
    This tune is sick.
  6. In poor condition
    (sick building syndrome; my car is looking pretty sick; my job prospects are pretty sick)

ill, not well, poorly (British), sickly, unwell disturbed, sick in the head, twisted, warped. nauseated, nauseous cool, rad, wicked
  • See also Wikisaurus:diseased

  • (in poor health) fit, healthy, well
  • (slang: excellent): crap, naff, uncool


the sick (collective noun)
  1. Those people as a group who are sick.
    We have to cure the sick.
  2. vomit.
    He lay there in a pool of his own sick.


    • 1938, Eugene Gay-Tifft, translator, The Saga of Frank Dover by Johannes Buchholtz, 2005 Kessinger Publishing edition, ISBN 141915222X, page 125,
      When we were at work swabbing the deck, necessarily barelegged, Pelle would sick the dog on us; and it was an endless source of pleasure to him when the dog succeeded in fastening its teeth in our legs and making the blood run down our ankles.
    • 1957, J. D. Salinger, "Zooey", in, 1961, Franny and Zooey, 1991 LB Books edition, page 154,
      "...is just something God sicks on people who have the gall to accuse Him of having created an ugly world."
    • 2001 (publication date), Anna Heilman, Never Far Away: The Auschwitz Chronicles of Anna Heilman, University of Calgary Press, ISBN 1552380408, page 82,
      Now they find a new entertainment: they sick the dog on us.