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The synonyms of “Sickly” are: ailing, indisposed, peaked, poorly, seedy, under the weather, unwell, sallow, unhealthy, in poor health, chronically ill, pale, wan, pasty, colourless, pallid, white, waxen, ashen, bilious, nauseating, distasteful, unattractive, sentimental, overemotional, mawkish, cloying, sugary, syrupy, saccharine, sickening, maudlin, lachrymose, banal, trite
Sickly as an Adjective
Definitions of "Sickly" as an adjective
According to the Oxford Dictionary of English, “sickly” as an adjective can have the following definitions:
- Excessively sentimental or mawkish.
- (of a place or climate) causing or characterized by unhealthiness.
- Somewhat ill or prone to illness.
- Unhealthy looking.
- Often ill; in poor health.
- (of a flavour, smell, colour, etc.) unpleasant in a way that induces discomfort or nausea.
- (of a person's complexion or expression) indicative of poor health.
Synonyms of "Sickly" as an adjective (35 Words)
|ailing||Somewhat ill or prone to illness.|
I went to see my ailing mother.
|ashen||(of a person’s face) very pale with shock, fear, or illness.|
A face turned ashen.
|banal||Repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse.|
Songs with banal repeated words.
|bilious||Suffering from or suggesting a liver disorder or gastric distress.|
A bilious attack.
|chronically ill||Being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering.|
A romantic rather cloying story.
|colourless||Dull or pale in hue.|
A colourless liquid.
|distasteful||Highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust.|
|in poor health||Currently fashionable.|
Feeling a bit indisposed today.
She was pink eyed and lachrymose.
|maudlin||Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental.|
A bout of maudlin self pity.
|mawkish||Sentimental in an exaggerated or false way.|
The mawkish smell of warm beer.
|nauseating||Causing or liable to cause a feeling of nausea or disgust; disgusting.|
The stench was nauseating.
|overemotional||Having feelings that are too easily excited and displayed.|
We re not an overemotional family.
|pale||Abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress.|
The late afternoon light coming through the el tracks fell in pale oblongs on the street.
|pallid||(of light) lacking in intensity or brightness; dim or feeble.|
The pallid face of the invalid.
|pasty||Having the sticky properties of an adhesive.|
He looked pasty and red eyed.
|peaked||Having or rising to a peak.|
You look a little peaked.
|poorly||Somewhat ill or prone to illness.|
She looked poorly.
|saccharine||Excessively sweet or sentimental.|
His skin was sallow and pitted.
|seedy||Shabby and squalid.|
She felt weak and seedy.
|sentimental||Given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality.|
She felt a sentimental attachment to the place creep over her.
|sickening||Causing great annoyance or disappointment.|
A sickening stench.
|sugary||Resembling or coated in sugar.|
Energy restoring sugary drinks.
|syrupy||With honey added.|
A particularly syrupy moment from a corny film.
|trite||(of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse.|
The trite metaphor hard as nails.
|unattractive||Not appealing to the senses.|
As unattractive as most mining regions.
|under the weather||Lower in rank, power, or authority.|
|unhealthy||Not in or exhibiting good health in body or mind.|
An unhealthy obsession with fast cars.
|unwell||Somewhat ill or prone to illness.|
Is unwell and can t come to work.
|wan||(of the sea) without lustre; dark and gloomy.|
He gave a wan smile.
|waxen||Made of or covered with wax.|
A canopy of waxen creamy blooms.
|white||Restricted to whites only.|
Under segregation there were even white restrooms and white drinking fountains.
Usage Examples of "Sickly" as an adjective
- A sickly child.
- A sickly vaporous swamp.
- A sickly fable of delicate young lovers.
- His usual sickly pallor.
- She was a thin, sickly child.
- The walls were painted a sickly green.
- She liked her coffee sweet and sickly.