- in poor health; chronically sick or prone to sickness; not strong or robust
- of or produced by sickness: a sickly pallor
- characterized by the prevalence of disease or sickness; unhealthful
- sickening; nauseating: a sickly odor
- faint; feeble: a sickly light
- weak; mawkish: a sickly smile
Origin of sicklyMiddle English sekly
- Prone to sickness.
- Of, caused by, or associated with sickness: a sickly pallor.
- Conducive to sickness: a sickly climate.
- Causing nausea; nauseating.
- Lacking vigor or strength; feeble or weak: a sickly handshake.
transitive verbsick·lied, sick·ly·ing, sick·lies
- sick′ly sick′li·ly
(comparative sicklier, superlative sickliest)
- Frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill.
- a sickly child
- Having the appearance of sickness or ill health; appearing ill, infirm or unhealthy; pale.
- a sickly plant
- Weak; faint; suggesting unhappiness.
- a sickly smile
- Somewhat sick; disposed to illness; attended with disease.
- Tending to produce disease.
- a sickly autumn; a sickly climate
- Tending to produce nausea; sickening.
- a sickly smell; sickly sentimentality
(third-person singular simple present sicklies, present participle sicklying, simple past and past participle sicklied)
- To make sickly.
(comparative more sickly, superlative most sickly)
- In a sick manner.