AskDefine | Define sickly

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sickly adj
1 unhealthy looking [syn: sallow]
2 somewhat ill or prone to illness; "my poor ailing grandmother"; "feeling a bit indisposed today"; "you look a little peaked"; "feeling poorly"; "a sickly child"; "is unwell and can't come to work" [syn: ailing, indisposed, peaked(p), poorly(p), unwell, under the weather] [also: sickliest, sicklier]

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  1. frequently ill; often in poor health; given to becoming ill; as, a sickly child.
  2. Having the appearance of sickness or ill health; appearing ill, infirm or unhealthy; pale; as a sickly plant.
  3. weak; faint; suggesting unhappiness; as, a sickly smile.


frequently ill
weak, faint

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