Definition of sick noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//sɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪk//
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  1. 1[uncountable] (British English, informal) food that you bring back up from your stomach through your mouth synonym vomit There was a pool of sick on the carpet.
  2. ill people
  3. 2the sick [plural] people who are ill/sick to heal the sick All the sick and wounded were evacuated. More Like This Plural adjectival nouns the blind, the deaf, the destitute, the dead, the dying, the elderly, the faithful, the homeless, the injured, the insane, the jobless, the middle aged, the old, the poor, the rich, the sick, the squeamish, the wealthy, the wicked, the wounded, the youngSee worksheet.
  4. Word OriginOld English sēoc ‘affected by illness’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ziek and German siech.Extra examples The sick and wounded were evacuated from the war zone. the Church’s mission to preach the gospel and heal the sick workers who are caring for the sick and elderly
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