- 1 physically or mentally ill a sick child Her mother's very sick. Peter has been off sick (= away from work because he is ill) for two weeks. Emma has just called in sick (= telephoned to say she will not be coming to work because she is ill). (British English) Britain's workers went sick (= did not go to work because they were ill) for a record number of days last year. (North American English) I can't afford to get sick (= become ill). CollocationsIllnessesBecoming ill catch a cold/an infectious disease/the flu/(British English) flu/pneumonia/a virus/(informal) a bug get (British English) ill/(North American English) sick/a disease/AIDS/breast cancer/a cold/the flu/(British English) flu/a migraine come down with a cold/the flu/(British English) flu contract a deadly disease/a serious illness/HIV/AIDS be infected with a virus/a parasite/HIV develop cancer/diabetes/a rash/an ulcer/symptoms of hepatitis have a heart attack/a stroke provoke/trigger/produce an allergic reaction block/burst/rupture a blood vessel damage/sever a nerve/an artery/a tendonBeing ill feel (British English) ill/sick/nauseous/queasy be running (British English) a temperature/(North American English) a fever have a head cold/diabetes/heart disease/lung cancer/a headache/(British English) a high temperature/(North American English) a fever suffer from asthma/malnutrition/frequent headaches/bouts of depression/a mental disorder be laid up with/ (British English) be in bed with a cold/the flu/(British English) flu/a migraine nurse a cold/a headache/a hangover battle/fight cancer/depression/addiction/alcoholismTreatments examine a patient diagnose a condition/disease/disorder be diagnosed with cancer/diabetes/schizophrenia prescribe/be given/be on/take drugs/medicine/medication/pills/painkillers/antibiotics treat somebody for cancer/depression/shock have/undergo an examination/an operation/surgery/a kidney transplant/therapy/chemotherapy/treatment for cancer have/be given an injection/(British English) a flu jab/(North American English) a flu shot/a blood transfusion/a scan/an X-ray cure a disease/an ailment/cancer/a headache/a patient prevent the spread of disease/further outbreaks/damage to the lungs be vaccinated against the flu/(British English) flu/the measles/(British English) measles/polio/smallpox enhance/boost/confer/build immunity to a disease See related entries: Poor health, Being ill wanting to vomit
- 2 [not usually before noun] feeling that you want to vomit Mum, I feel sick! If you eat any more cake you'll make yourself sick. a sick feeling in your stomach -sick
- 3(in compounds) feeling sick as a result of travelling on a ship, plane, etc. seasick airsick carsick travel-sick See related entries: Plane travel bored
- 4 (informal) bored with or annoyed about something that has been happening for a long time, and wanting it to stop sick of somebody/something I'm sick of the way you've treated me. I'm sick and tired of your moaning. I'm sick to death of all of you! We are getting heartily sick of your attitude. sick of doing something We're sick of waiting around like this. cruel/strange
- 5(informal) (especially of humour) dealing with suffering, disease or death in a cruel way that some people think is offensive a sick joke That's really sick.
- 6(informal) getting enjoyment from doing strange or cruel things a sick mind People think I'm sick for having a rat as a pet. We live in a sick society. good
- 7(slang) very good, enjoyable, etc. I love that song—it’s sick! see also homesick, lovesick Word Origin Old English sēoc ‘affected by illness’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ziek and German siech.Extra examples Every time I think about it I feel physically sick. He fell sick with yellow fever. He leaned sideways and was violently sick. He was getting heartily sick of all the false sympathy. Her attitude makes me sick. I feel sick to my stomach just thinking about it. I get sick if I sit in the back seat. I’m getting sick of all these delays. I’m getting sick of you leaving things in a mess. If you eat all that chocolate it’ll make you sick. It was pretty sick humour, I thought. John’s not in the office today, he’s off sick. Laura felt almost sick with embarrassment. Mum, I feel sick! She was afraid she would get sick if she stayed in that place any longer. She was getting a bit sick of his moaning. She was sick with cancer. The home has 20 chronically sick and disabled residents. The house has accommodation for up to 60 chronically sick or disabled residents. The workers got sick from radiation exposure. Whoever started the fire must be sick in the head. You’re really sick, you know that? a very sick woman in the next bed Don’t ask a babysitter to look after a sick child. Emma has just called in sick. Her mother’s very sick. I had a sick feeling in my stomach. If you eat any more cake you’ll make yourself sick. Peter has been off sick. Whenever I think about my exams I feel physically sick.Idioms (especially British English) to bring food from your stomach back out through your mouth synonym vomit I was sick three times in the night. She had been violently sick. to be extremely worried Where have you been? I've been worried sick about you. She was worrying herself sick about the exams. (formal) to become ill/sick A week later he fell sick and died. to make somebody angry or disgusted His hypocrisy makes me sick. See related entries: Anger (informal) feeling very ill/sick; vomiting a lot (British English, humorous) very disappointed See related entries: Unhappiness (formal) very unhappy or disappointed See related entries: Unhappiness
- 1feeling very angry or worried Nora turned sick to her stomach on hearing this news.
- 2(North American English) feeling that you want to vomit