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Definition of "sickly" []

  • Prone to sickness. (adjective)
  • Of, caused by, or associated with sickness: a sickly pallor. (adjective)
  • Conducive to sickness: a sickly climate. (adjective)
  • Causing nausea; nauseating. (adjective)
  • Lacking vigor or strength; feeble or weak: a sickly handshake. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sickly" in a sentence
  • ""All right, captain," Charley said to the disconsolate yachtsman, who smiled in sickly fashion at the title."
  • "The reason that “sicklist” prayers are so sickly is that they do not often truly “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” yet at the same time they are appropriate, for a longing for Shalom, a longing for peace, includes the holistic restoration of all that was lost in the fall, including physical illness and infirmaties."
  • "I only meant to say that we are both ... since you don't like the word sickly"