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1. Affected with disease of any kind; ill; indisposed; not in health. See the synonym under illness. Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever. (mark i. 30) Behold them that are sick with famine. (Jer. Xiv. 18)

2. Affected with, or attended by, nausea; inclined to vomit; as, sick at the stomach; a sick headache.

3. Having a strong dislike; disgusted; surfeited; with of; as, to be sick of flattery. He was not so sick of his master as of his work. (L'Estrange)

4. Corrupted; imperfect; impaired; weakned. So great is his antipathy against episcopacy, that, if a seraphim himself should be a bishop, he would either find or make some sick feathers in his wings.

(Science: medicine) (Fuller) sick bay, a variety of headache attended with disorder of the stomach and nausea. Sick list, a list containing the names of the sick. Sick room, a room in which a person lies sick, or to which he is confined by sickness.

Synonym: diseased, ill, disordered, distempered, indisposed, weak, ailing, feeble, morbid.

Origin: These terms, sick bed, sick berth, etc, are also written both hyphened and solid.