sickly: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sik'lē), [key]
— adj., adv., v., -li•er, -li•est, -lied, -ly•ing.
  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.
  1. to cover with a sickly hue.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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