English version

sickly

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Illness & disability
sicklysick‧ly /ˈsΙͺkli/ adjective πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 ILLa sickly person or animal is weak, unhealthy, and often ill πŸ”Š a sickly child πŸ”Š She looked pale and sickly.β–Ί see thesaurus at ill2 UNPLEASANT especially British English a sickly smell, taste etc is unpleasant and makes you feel sick πŸ”Š A sickly smell clung to his clothes and hair.β–Ί see thesaurus at sweet3 a sickly colour or light is unpleasantly pale or weak πŸ”Š The walls were painted a sickly green. πŸ”Š a pale sickly moon β€”sickly adverb πŸ”Š a sickly sweet perfume
Examples from the Corpus
sicklyβ€’ His wife was sickly and he also feared for his young son's life.β€’ She liked her coffee sweet and sickly below a head of warm foam.β€’ He suffered from allergies, like his great-uncle Theodore Roosevelt, and was a sickly child for much of his early years.β€’ He was a sickly child with a bad chest and a permanent cough.β€’ Daryl was a pale, sickly child.β€’ My brother grew up as if he was a sickly child.β€’ Louise, who was often sickly, couldn't join in the other children's games.β€’ This improbable though captivating adventure slides neatly from sickly empire to bloody revolution that tears the lovers apart.β€’ It was hot and jammed and the air was redolent with the sickly sweet smell of cheap champagne.β€’ The melons were overripe and had a sickly taste.β€’ It was indeed an adult version of the sickly white faces of the boys in the playground.β€’ Every surface glistened green and a sickly white.sickly childβ€’ My brother grew up as if he was a sickly child.β€’ There was a handful of verminous women, too, and even a few sickly children.β€’ I was a very sickly child, and so my memories of those first years are dark.β€’ He suffered from allergies, like his great-uncle Theodore Roosevelt, and was a sickly child for much of his early years.β€’ She was a sickly child, frequently in and out of hospital.β€’ Patsy was a sickly child, growing very little in the first few years of his life.β€’ Favouritism is equally bad for the favourite, who is often a sickly child, or the baby of the family.β€’ Indeed, he was a sickly child, succumbing with monotonous regularity to ear and throat infections.sickly smellβ€’ As I lay in the ditch I was suddenly conscious of a very strong indescribably sickly smell.β€’ He hadn't shaved for a few days and a sickly smell clung to his clothes and hair.β€’ When the wind was in the west a sickly smell floated over the pits.β€’ As usual, it was the strange smell that repelled him - a sweet sickly smell that he couldn't identify.sickly sweetβ€’ There can be virtue in the parlance of sincerity, sickly sweet as it seems.β€’ Suddenly, he felt a warning, just a hint of the sickly sweet odour he remembered so vividly from the marketplace.β€’ It was hot and jammed and the air was redolent with the sickly sweet smell of cheap champagne.β€’ And again there was that sickly sweet stench of cooked flesh which clogged his nostrils and made him want to vomit.β€’ He was fuming about it when Yolanda hopped into his car, the sickly sweet stink of her perfume almost choking him.
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